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

  • Patricia Wright
    I think Cain let his anger get the best of him.God gave him the same opportunity
    that his brother had .He wanted to do it
    His way instead of God's way.
  • Simon kariithi muthee
    As there were no written matterials to teach about offerings on those days, i believe God created man and put im him the spirit of giving as demonstrated by cain and Abel in verses 3 4. God sees the heart of man in sacrifices and offerings. How we relate to Him and where we heve placed Him in our lives.
  • Robbie
    GOD inspired the scriptures only, not all HE did and does. we only have generation of Adom and Eve written.the only question thats important to know the TRUTH about is that GOD does know all things and we dont, its above us.HE made all the people HE wanted to make and inspired writing of what HE gave us so far.let us be thankful and joy does come.
  • Jerry Hatcher
    Every person that has ever lived are descendants of Adam and Eve Gen 3:20. In Gen 1:28 God told them to be fruitful and multiply. Therefore, since there was no other humans on earth except their descendants, and they had multiple children, in order to multiply they had to intermarry. The same as Noah and his 3 sons
  • Jerry Hatcher
    Genesis 1:26, 27, 28 is generalized while talking about the 6 days of creation. Genesis 2:7 and 8 give the details of how he created mankind (Adam
  • Karl
    responds to Billy; I ask the same question regarding cain's wife. If you read Genesis 1:26,27,28, then read Genesis 2:8, did the LORD create humans, and then create the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve, planting a seed so to speak? How's that sound to you? Anybody else have the same question? Looking for an insightful answer.

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