Genesis 4:12

“When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 4:12

When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yeeld vnto thee her strength: A fugitiue and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee its strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shalt thou be in the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

No longer will the earth give you her fruit as the reward of your work; you will be a wanderer in flight over the earth.
- Basic English Bible

When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield thee its strength; a wanderer and fugitive shalt thou be on the earth.
- Darby Bible

When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield to thee its strength: A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
- Webster's Bible

From now on, when you till the ground, it won't yield its strength to you. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth."
- World English Bible

when thou tillest the ground, it doth not add to give its strength to thee -- a wanderer, even a trembling one, thou art in the earth.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shalt thou be in the earth.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 4:12

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:12


4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? - Thou thinkest to conceal it, but the evidence against thee is clear and uncontestable, the voice of thy brother's blood crieth - He speaks as if the blood itself were both witness and prosecutor, because God's own knowledge testified against him, and God's own justice demanded satisfaction. The blood is said to cry from the ground, the earth, which is said, #Ge 4:11|, to open her mouth to receive his brother's blood from his hand. The earth did as it were blush to see her own face stained with such blood; and therefore opened her mouth to hide that which she could not hinder.

4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth - 1. He is cursed, separated to all evil, laid under the wrath of God, as it is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. 2. He is cursed from the earth. Thence the cry came up to God, thence the curse came up to Cain. God could have taken vengeance by an immediate stroke from heaven: but he chose to make the earth the avenger of blood; to continue him upon the earth, and not presently to cut him off; and yet to make even that his curse. That part of it which fell to his share, and which he had the occupation of, was made unfruitful, by the blood of Abel. Besides, A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. By this he was here condemned, to perpetual disgrace and reproach, and to perpetual disquietment and horror in his own mind. His own guilty conscience should haunt him where ever he went. Now to justify his complaint, Observe his descants upon the sentence. He sees himself excluded by it from the favour of his God; and concludes, that being cursed, he was hid from God's face, and that is indeed the true nature of God's curse; damned sinners find it so, to whom it is said, Depart from me ye cursed. Those are cursed indeed that are for ever shut out from God's love and care, and from all hopes of his grace. He sees himself expelled from all the comforts of this life; and concludes, #Ge 4:14|. Thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth - As good have no place on earth as not have a settled place. Better rest in the grave than not rest at all. And from thy face shall I be hid - Shut out of the church, not admitted to come with the sons of God to present himself before the Lord. And it shall come to pass that every one that finds me shall slay me - Wherever he wanders he goes in peril of his life. There were none alive but his near relations, yet even of them he is justly afraid, who had himself been so barbarous to his own brother.


Discussion for Genesis 4:12

  • Br Chris on Genesis 4:12
    I think, God is LOVE.We can 't change anything afterall. God just honoured what Cain asked for,because he lied to God that he knew nothing about his br...
  • Rev. Tim George on Genesis 4:12
    The death penalty was not instituted until after the flood. GOD wanted to show us the only way to curb evil is eye for an eye tooth for a tooth. When we Love GOD with all our heart, mind, and. Soul, then we will Love our brother who is made in the image of GOD. Therefore you will not murder your brother or sister.
  • Anita forsman on Genesis 4:12
    To not have a relationship and safety of God To not be able to find any comforting no matter where he went a soul lost to wonder His hands no longer could bring any satisfaction
  • Janice on Genesis 4:12
    Did you notice that Cain's sin of murder wasn't considered by God to be a capital offense? He did not execute Cain for his crime but punished him with life without rest.
  • Josh on Genesis 4:12
    God has declared Cain the worlds very first criminal.


 

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