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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Other Translations

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

  • 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.
  • Word
    God created all the races on the 6th day and they were settled over the entire earth hunters and fishermen and their tools are left behind to prove it. Cain found his wife in one of the cities outside and if you know scripture Cain was of the devil and wasn't a part of Adams geology just look at Chapter 5. Gen 3 vs 15 explains the controversy between the seed of Satan and the seed of Eve.
  • Jaylee
    This is good my first time and I am 9
  • Billy Blazier
    On the sixth day God created them male and female of all races Kane was banished from his family who only had two sons Kane killed Able and went to the land of nod and found a wife their were no sisters to Kane or daughters born to Adam and Eve until Kane was gone pray for understanding when you read
  • Bill
    God did not create the races on the sixth day, He created the one race of man; that is the human race. The human race consisted of two people Adam and Eve. Cain may have been around 100 years of age. He had to have married someone who was close kin, there were no other people to marry. He was not driven from his wife, they became one.
  • Billy Blazier
    Kane was banished from his family so it couldn't be a sister but on sixth day God created all races and created them male and fale this is how Kane found a wife

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