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It came about that

This phrase is used to mark the beginning of a new part of the story. If your language has a way for doing this, you could consider using that method here.

in the course of time

Possible meanings are 1) "after some time had passed" or 2) "at the right time"

fruit of the ground

This refers to the food that came from plants he had tended. AT: "crops" or "harvest" (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-explicit)

some of the fat

This refers to the fatty parts of the lambs that he had killed, it was the best part of the animal. AT: "some of their fat parts" (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-explicit)


"looked favorably upon" or "was pleased with"

was very angry

Some languages have an idiom for anger such as "He burned" or "His anger burned."

he scowled

This means that the expression on his face showed that he was angry or jealous. Some languages have an idiom that describes what a person's face looks like when he is angry. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-idiom)


  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/names/cain
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/fruit
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/sacrifice
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/yahweh
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/names/abel
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/firstborn