After Cain was exiled to the land of Nod for murdering his brother, God decreed that anyone who harmed him would be punished seven times worse than Cain himself. I’m wondering, did the people who tried to harm Cain also receive their own Mark of Cain?
Think about this. Anyone who harms Cain would be punished seven times over. Anyone who harms someone who harmed Cain would be punished 49 times worse than Cain. The third person would be harmed 343 times worse, and so on. Exponents being what they are, the 25th person down the line would receive a curse 1,341,068,619,663,964,900,807 times worse than Cain’s original punishment, which is the type of curse that makes Satan himself shake his head and say, “Ouch dude, that sucks!”
And how does one quantify Cain’s curse, anyway? Were crops seven times less likely to grow for the Cain-harmers? Were they cursed to wander seven times further away?
And what did Cain’s mark look like, exactly? It would need to be a symbol which somehow communicates to any passerby: “Dude’s been cursed – GOD” and “Don’t touch my homeboy or you’ll get it even worse.” That’s a rather complicated message to communicate without the use of language (since writing hadn’t been invented yet – the earliest known Sumerian cuneiform tablets didn’t appear until centuries after the Earth’s Creation in 4,004 B.C.) At least the Tower of Babel Incident hadn’t happened yet, so it wouldn’t need to be translated into any other languages.