Genesis 4:2

“And she againe bare his brother Abel, and Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

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Other Translations

And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
- King James Version

Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And again she bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then again she became with child and gave birth to Abel, his brother. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a farmer.
- Basic English Bible

And she further bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a shepherd, but Cain was a husbandman.
- Darby Bible

And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
- Webster's Bible

Again she gave birth, to Cain's brother Abel. Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
- World English Bible

and she addeth to bear his brother, even Abel. And Abel is feeding a flock, and Cain hath been servant of the ground.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And again she bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:2


4:2 Abel signifies vanity. The name given to this son is put upon the whole race, #Psa 39:5|. Every man is at his best estate vanity; Abel, vanity. He chose that employment which did most befriend contemplation and devotion, for that hath been looked upon as the advantage of a pastoral life. Moses and David kept sheep, and in their solitudes conversed with God.


Discussion for Genesis 4

  • Hector D
    By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh Hebrews 11:4 . For it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul Leviticus 17:11 . Cain s offering of fruit was from the earth which was now cursed and quite unacceptable to God.
  • Hectord
    To Stan Jett. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother s righteous. I John 3:11-12 NKJV God rejected Cain because his works were evil.
  • Rexford
    what does chapter 4 vs 7 mean?
  • Lloyd Parr
    where did cains wife come from?
  • Methuselah
    ...angel e; genesis tells us that eve did in fact have "other sons and daughters"and tells us the same about the following generations...read genesis again
  • Bruce
    Eve had Children in The Garden( Genesis 3:20) She was The Mother of All Living. Other Translations Changed it to will become.

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