Genesis 4:1

“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Adam knew Eue his wife, and shee conceiued, and bare Cain, and said, I haue gotten a man from the LORD.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a manchild with {the help of} the LORD."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with `the help of' Jehovah.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the man had connection with Eve his wife, and she became with child and gave birth to Cain, and said, I have got a man from the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

And Man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have acquired a man with Jehovah.
- Darby Bible

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
- Webster's Bible

The man knew Eve his wife. She conceived, and gave birth to Cain, and said, "I have gotten a man with Yahweh's help."
- World English Bible

And the man knew Eve his wife, and she conceiveth and beareth Cain, and saith, `I have gotten a man by Jehovah;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived and bore Cain, and said: 'I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:1


4:1 Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters, #Ge 5:4|. But Cain and Abel seem to have been the two eldest. Cain signifies possession; for Eve when she bare him said with joy and thankfulness, and great expectation, I have gotten a man from the Lord.


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.
  • Cheryl Gorley
    Chapter 4 verses 16 and 17 When did the Lord create the land of Nod and where did Cain wife come from when in previous chapters you only heard of Eve

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