And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bore Enoch: and he built a city, and called the name of the city…
In Cain's building a city, and calling it after his son's name, we see the care of the wicked, ever more to desire to magnify themselves than to glorify God, more to seek after a name in earth than a life in heaven, more to establish their seed with towns and towers than with God's favour. But such course is crooked and like Cain's here. If we desire a name, the love of God and His word, the love of Christ and His truth is the way. You remember a silly woman that, in a true affection to her Lord and Master, poured upon Him a box of ointment, and what got she: "Verily," saith Christ, "wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the world, this shall be told of the woman for a remembrance of her." Here was a name well gotten, and firmly continued to the very world's end. The memory of the righteous shall remain forever, and the name of the wicked, do what they can, in God's good time shall rot and take an ending. For which cause Moses, if you mark it, maketh no mention of the time that either Cain or any of his sons lived, as he doth of the godly. Filthy polygamy, you see, in this place began with wicked Lamech, that is, to have more wives than one at a time: so old is this evil, that from the beginning was not so. That mention that is made of the children here of the wicked, telleth us how they flourish for a time with all worldly things whom yet God hateth. The last words show you what eclipses true religion suffereth often in this world, and let us mark it.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.