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

  • 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
  • Mim
    to Brianca About Genesis 4 I asked the same question ,who was Cains wife . at Sunday achool once and was told pretty much sit down and don't ask that question , Hope someone here can enlighten us.
  • Brianca
    I'm inquiring about who Cain's wife could have been if his parents were the first Man And woman. I'm confused.
  • Frank Berg
    If Cain was offering himself to God, God could not accept him because he was Satan's son. Jesus could never be our savior being born from this ancestry. Able was Adam's son through which the SON OF GOD could be born. HE was born through Seth. Esau gave up his birthright and Jesus was born through Jacob's family.
  • Len
    Gen 4:26 Confused by the translation....."call upon the name of the LORD." or profaned "the name of the LORD."

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