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

  • Edwin Oraelosi
    Cain the farmer killed Abel the shepherd. God made him a Nomad. Jabal became first of line of Herdsmen and jubal first minstrel. Cain's Descendants dominate the deserts...Arabia and elsewhere.
  • Minister Donald Everage
    Cain wife was one of his sisters. Genesis 5:4 says ; Adam beget sons and daughters. Abraham confess to Sarah been his sister (same father,different mother) and his wife in Genesis 20:11-12. This was permitted before the law. It was stopped by the law(Leviticus 18th and 20th chapters)that came through Moses . Also Jacob was permitted to marry two sisters which was also discontinued by the law.
  • George
    And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

    Where did Cain's wife come from ? Adam and Eve only had two sons before ! Another son after Cain was sent to nod.
  • Leola
    This is indeed true as stated, Jesus descended out of the faithful bloodline of Seth, which is called the true Jewish bloodline today. This is why the Jews are called God's chosen people, because the Messiah would descend from this bloodline.
    There were other people on earth during this time they just were not a chosen people. Many of them had their blood tainted with the blood of fallen angels.
  • 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.

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