Genesis 4:9

“ And the LORD said vnto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And hee said, I know not: Am I my brothers keeper?”

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Other Translations

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother's keeper?
- King James Version

Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother? And he said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel? And he said, I have no idea: am I my brother's keeper?
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah said to Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?
- Darby Bible

And the LORD said to Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh said to Cain, "Where is Abel, your brother?" He said, "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
- World English Bible

And Jehovah saith unto Cain, `Where [is] Abel thy brother?' and he saith, `I have not known; my brother's keeper -- I?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD said unto Cain: 'Where is Abel thy brother?' And he said: 'I know not; am I my brother's keeper?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:9


4:9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? - God knew him to be guilty; yet he asks him, that he might draw from him a confession of his crime; for those who would be justified before God, must accuse themselves. And he said, I know not - Thus in Cain the devil was both a murderer, and a liar from the beginning. Am I my Brother's keeper? - Sure he is old enough to take care of himself, nor did I ever take charge of him. Art not thou his keeper? If he be missing, on thee be the blame, and not on me, who never undertook to keep him.


Discussion for Genesis 4

  • Steve morrow
    ???---PSALM 90:10 THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARE THREESCORE AND TEN AND IF BY REASON OF STRENGTH THEY BE FOURSCORE YEARS YET IS THEIR STRENGTH LABOR AND SORROW FOR IT IS SOON CUT OFF AND WE FLY AWAY ------- 2 TIMOTHY 3:16 ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE FOR REPROOF FOR CORRECTION FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • Roy
    Adam and Eve were told to be fruitful and to multiply upon the earth by our Lord. At this time it was brothers and sisters who came together to procreate. Today you would get birth defects because of our sinful nature which is also why we don't live as long. Cain had a mark set upon him by God and he was sent into the land of Nod, which is were he found his mate. (Sister)
  • Greg
    Where did Cains wife come from
  • Irene123
    C'mon all us people that DO believe in God and His WORD - let's, IN 'SOFT' answers and LOVE, show the Lord's truth to people ..............
  • Jewelene Jackson
    I think IT WAS DNA not a rib....so Men all your ribs are still in tack,.THE helex curb WAS DNA ....... ....
  • 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.

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