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(kay n) A tribe and place name meaning, “smith. 1. A clan mentioned in the fourth oracle of Balaam (Numbers 24:22 ; KJV has Kenite). Adam and Eve's son Cain is spelled the same in Hebrew, and many scholars regard Cain as the ancestors of the Kenites. See Joshua 15:57 ; KJV and NEB have Cain). Identified with khirbet Yaqin. According to Arabian tradition, Abraham watched the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah from a nearby hill. Kain was a settlement of the Kenites.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Kain'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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