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

  • 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
  • Larry Nix
    Start reading Genesis from the start. It will tell you of the two creations, Man and Woman first ,then Adam and Eve. What GOD doesn't condone later he wouldn't condone in the beginning.
  • Mim
    Thanks Joninice I guess my Sunday school teacher didn't want to get into brother marrying sisters with a bunch of pre teen kids. I hadn't thought of Cains wife in years. Your answer makes it clear. And Brianca question made me go back and re read Genesis. I really enjoyed it. Thanks Brianca for asking. Asking questions shows you are striving to learn all you can about the Lord.
  • Joninice
    Who was Cain's wife? The only possible answer is a sister. Adam and Able were the only other men that God gives us record of in the Bible. There is no record of Able leaving any children or even having a wife so Cain took a sister as a wife. Some people teach there were other people created but we have no record of this in the Bible. God created Adam and Eve, they had children. Gen. 5:4

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