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

  • 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.
  • Angel E.
    Where did all these wives come from? Bible only speaks of Adam, Eve, Abel, and Cain. And later on Seth... Never did say Eve bear a daughter.
  • Tyler (Pt. 6 of 5)(I miscounted)
    6 cont. Sometimes depending on how we question his Word can lead to doubt and I didn’t want Brenda to fall down that path. We also need to concentrate more on what his Word does say. His Word doesn't say anything about Cain’s wife being his sister. Hopefully this will clarify the subject more clearly.
  • Tyler (Pt. 5 of 5)
    6 cont. So, knowing who she was is basically irrelevant because of the wickedness. Besides, which is more important? Knowing the identity of one woman or knowing what wickedness can bring? And the reason why I said, “don’t question God’s Word” is because we are to trust in the LORD for the answers.

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