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
    Gen 4:26 Confused by the translation....."call upon the name of the LORD." or profaned "the name of the LORD."
  • Lloyd
    I understand the state of evil. And the brothers Cain commiting murder of his own brother because of his own "evilness". But we become hardened against Gods words sometimes and we continue to make mistakes in our life never asking for Gods forgiveness. But there it is a curse or a blessing. You are wither with him or against him. No inbetween. Make up your mind. Whom do you serve.?
  • OneGod
    Cain offering was of plants from the earth. Abel's offering was a living sacrifice, shedding the blood of the lamb that contained the life of that lamb. God is pleased with a living sacrifice. Romans 8:9 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka
    We should offer to God sacrifice that is pleasant to him
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    S. Dodd, look up "offering" and "sacrifice" in the Mirriam Webster dictionary; they appear to mean the same thing. First the act of sacrifice, it is an offering.
  • S. Dodd
    In our Bible study on Gen 4:4.The majority of the class say "offering" is the same as "sacrifice".We say that Abel had to kill the lamb as a sacrifice,.. burn the fat thereof as an offering unto the Lord. She says it was an "offering"..." Such as a child 'offers' a cookie to a friend"..she says that there is no "scriptural" proof that it was a "sacrifice" by Abel. Can u explain the difference? TY

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