Genesis 4:20

“And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 4:20

And Adah bare Iabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as haue cattell.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and {have} livestock.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents and `have' cattle.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Adah gave birth to Jabal: he was the father of such as are living in tents and keep cattle.
- Basic English Bible

And Adah bore Jabal: he was the father of those who dwell in tents, and [breed] cattle.
- Darby Bible

And Adah bore Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
- Webster's Bible

Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock.
- World English Bible

And Adah beareth Jabal, he hath been father of those inhabiting tents and purchased possessions;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of such as dwell in tents and have cattle.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 4:20

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:20


4:19 And Lamech took two wives - It was one of the degenerate race of Cain who first transgressed that original law of marriage, that two only should be one flesh. Jabal was a famous shepherd; he delighted much in keeping cattle, and was so happy in devising methods of doing it to the best advantage, and instructing others in them, that the shepherds of those times, nay, the shepherds of after - times, called him Father; or perhaps his children after him, being brought up to the same employment: the family was a family of shepherds. Jubal was a famous musician, and particularly an organist, and the first that gave rules for that noble art or science of music. When Jabal had set them in a way to be rich, Jubal put them in a way to be merry. From Jubal probably the Jubilee trumpet was so called; for the best music was that which proclaimed liberty and redemption.

4:22 From Tubal - Cain, probably the Heathen Vulcan came. Why Naamah is particularly named, we know not: probably they did, who lived when Moses wrote.


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