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  • Anonymous on Genesis 4
    At first thought, "Doing not well" comes across as doing bad, but not quite so! Here, sin is being anthropomorphized as a ravening beast. It is identified separately from "doing not well", so we know they're not the same. Doing not well is simply the lack of doing good. It is being lukewarm.

    A subtle but profound piece of advice is offered in this verse.

    If we want to avoid sin, we should constantly occupy ourselves with doing good. Mediocrity is a street that leads to a really bad neighborhood.

    A predator most often goes after the weak. So we should be putting on an excessively athletic display (of goodness) in an attempt to discourage it (sin). We want the ravenous beast to look and say, "Forget that!"



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