Timothy’s Task in Ephesus
1:3 As I urged you when I was leaving for Macedonia, stay on in Ephesus 1 to instruct 2 certain people not to spread false teachings, 3 1:4 nor to occupy themselves with myths and interminable genealogies. 4 Such things promote useless speculations rather than God’s redemptive plan 5 that operates by faith.
4:11 So now, you are banished 1 from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 4:12 When you try to cultivate 2 the
ground it will no longer yield 3 its best 4 for you. You will be a homeless wanderer 5 on the earth.” 4:13 Then Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment 6 is too great to endure! 7 4:14 Look! You are driving me off the land 8 today, and I must hide from your presence. 9 I will be a homeless wanderer on the earth; whoever finds me will kill me.” 4:15 But the Lord said to him, “All right then, 10 if anyone kills Cain, Cain will be avenged seven times as much.” 11 Then the Lord put a special mark 12 on Cain so that no one who found him would strike him down. 13 4:16 So Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and lived in the land of Nod, 14 east of Eden.