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The second son of Adam and Eve, Abel was a keeper of sheep. Like his elder brother Cain, he made an offering to God of things God had given him (Genesis 4:1-4). Abel was a righteous man (Matthew 23:35), and he offered his sacrifice in a thankful attitude of sincere faith (Genesis 4:4; Hebrews 11:4). Cain was an unrighteous man (1 John 3:12) and offered his sacrifice in the wrong attitude. God therefore rejected his sacrifice (Genesis 4:5; for further details see SACRIFICE).

In envy and anger, Cain killed Abel (Genesis 4:8). But God gave to Adam and Eve another son, Seth, who helped maintain the sort of faith in God that Abel had shown (Genesis 4:25-26).

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Abel'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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