Genesis 4:16

“And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the East of Eden.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Cain went away from before the face of the Lord, and made his living-place in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.
- Basic English Bible

And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, toward the east of Eden.
- Darby Bible

And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
- Webster's Bible

Cain went out from Yahweh's presence, and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
- World English Bible

And Cain goeth out from before Jehovah, and dwelleth in the land, moving about east of Eden;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:16


4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt on the east of Eden - Somewhere distant from the place were Adam and his religious family resided: distinguishing himself and his accursed generation from the holy seed; in the land of Nod - That is, of shaking or trembling, because of the continual restlessness of his spirit. Those that depart from God cannot find rest any where else. When Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, he never rested after.


Discussion for Genesis 4

  • 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.
  • 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.

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