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

  • Artie vanlandingham
    How could Cain be afraid he would be killed since he was the first son and no other people are mentioned? Is this just Gods choice among all flesh in all continents that failed to be Gods choice to reveal his word? Since Neanderthal DNA is not found in Africa is every Island a different race?
  • Åke
    God sayed to Cain thou shall rule over him. Over the sin . Cain not satan rule over the sin Cain had that choice
  • 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?

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