Genesis 4:9

“ And the LORD said vnto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And hee said, I know not: Am I my brothers keeper?”

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And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother's keeper?
- King James Version

Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother? And he said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel? And he said, I have no idea: am I my brother's keeper?
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah said to Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?
- Darby Bible

And the LORD said to Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh said to Cain, "Where is Abel, your brother?" He said, "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
- World English Bible

And Jehovah saith unto Cain, `Where [is] Abel thy brother?' and he saith, `I have not known; my brother's keeper -- I?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD said unto Cain: 'Where is Abel thy brother?' And he said: 'I know not; am I my brother's keeper?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:9


4:9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? - God knew him to be guilty; yet he asks him, that he might draw from him a confession of his crime; for those who would be justified before God, must accuse themselves. And he said, I know not - Thus in Cain the devil was both a murderer, and a liar from the beginning. Am I my Brother's keeper? - Sure he is old enough to take care of himself, nor did I ever take charge of him. Art not thou his keeper? If he be missing, on thee be the blame, and not on me, who never undertook to keep him.


Discussion for Genesis 4

  • Len
    ...another lesson to be derived from ch4 is firstfruits being the desired sacrifice,not only a show of faith in God's providence, but a foreshadowing of Him sacrificing His firstfruit, Christ
  • Michael C.
    Adam and Eve evidently taught their children about everything that happened, and what God had said to them before they had to leave the garden for good, and go out into the world to work out the rest of their lives. One son was of a gentle disposition, and believed his parents; the older son however heard it in a different way; and took his stand with the serpent, instead of hoping for a Saviour.
  • BSP
    God saw the bad emotion and feeling welling up in Cain and he tried to help him get control of it. Cain disregarded God's warning and he gave into the rage.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. Verse 16. Common sense, logic,
  • Michael C.
    Adam and Eve had many, many children; who naturally would marry their siblings and cousins, in the beginning: this was not something perverted or after the lusts of uncleanness, like it later became with the Canaanites; but simply for building families and filling the earth like God commanded them. The races came into being after the LORD scattered them to every corner, for the matter of Babel.
  • Bud
    Jaylee; It is good to see a young person in the word of our LORD. Keep up the good work and see how far you can go. My only caution is that everyone reads it a little different so prove the scriptures for your self and don't be deceived. Happy reading.

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