would be stupid to attempt a reply, were it not for the real fact that it is trumpeted about by bar-room and porter-house orators, with as much gravity as a judge charges a jury who are to decide in a case of life and death ; and received with as much complacency as if an oracle had spoken truth infallible. And this saying is circulated by its framers without once recurring to the fact—the school boy's text-book fact, that Cain lived before the deluge, that all his posterity were swallowed up!
The posterity of Adam, leaving out both Cain and Abel, begins at Seth ; thence to Enos, Cainan, Mahaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, to Noah, the preacher of righteousness. Noah was the ninth from Adam, and his was a covenant family. When those eight souls entered into the ark they left the posterity of Cain to perish in the flood ! Gen. vii. 21—23.
How, then, can Cain have any posterity this side of the deluge? How could we have inherited his mark and curse? The supposition is false and absurd.