ESV - 15 Then the Lord said to him, "Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.
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The bible doesn't say what the mark looked like, however, according ancient Jewish rabbis the Mark of Cain looked like the TAU or TAV, or as we would recognize it, a cross, much like the symbol the Red Cross uses today, for the same purposes. There is nothing new in the world. Also interesting, it is the third time a cross symbolically appears in Genesis: Tree of Life (God), Tree of Knowledge (Holy Spirit), mark of Cain it is for protection or (Savior).
God gave him a pledge that vengeance would be taken sevenfold on anyone who became his murderer. It was not a physical mark or a change of color from white to black. The black race did not begin with Cain whose line perished in the flood (Gen. 6:8,18; 7:1). All races as we know them now began after Noah (Gen. 10).
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