Genesis 4:5

“But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But vnto Cain, and to his offring he had not respect: and Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But in Cain and his offering he had no pleasure. And Cain was angry and his face became sad.
- Basic English Bible

and upon Cain, and on his offering, he did not look. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
- Darby Bible

But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
- Webster's Bible

but he didn't respect Cain and his offering. Cain was very angry, and the expression on his face fell.
- World English Bible

and unto Cain and unto his present He hath not looked; and it is very displeasing to Cain, and his countenance is fallen.
- Youngs Literal Bible

but unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:5


4:5 And Cain was wroth, and his countenance fell - Not so much out of grief as malice and rage. His sullen churlish countenance, and down - look, betrayed his passionate resentment.


Discussion for Genesis 4:5

  • I mean Ten Percent for tithes and offerings.
  • The Lord sent his son Jesus to die for our sins,so he deserves the very best as a sacrifice and offering. If you have 10 of your income from a weeks pay plus offerings,bills that are tattered or torn and some that are in mint condition, which would the Lord accept in the collection bucket? That 's what 's this verse is saying here. Read the description of heaven mentioned in revelation, precious stones and pearls.
  • Anonymous for verse 5
    An explanation is given in the previous verse. Abel brought 'the fat thereof', meaning his best.

    The Bible isn't careless with words. The mention of 'the fat thereof' is deliberate, as is the omission if it in regards to Cain's offering.

    If it's not the best, then what is it? It's blemished. Cain's offering was comparable to fruit that was stunted, malformed, bruised, worm-eaten, pecked, or otherwise damaged. It was the undesirables of his harvest. It was, in every sense, 'bad fruit'. (And this may very well be the source of its metaphorical use.) What is unacceptable for the table is typically thrown to the livestock, but Cain offered it to God.
  • @ Aggie,
    1 John 3:12 states ‘’Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.’’ This simply mean Cain’s heart was basically wicked and the problem with his sacrifice was just an expression of his wicked heart.
    And you and I know that God looks at the heart, and makes no exception of person ( Deuteronomy 10 :17, Acts 10 :34-35).
    God bless you.
  • Why no explanation as to why his offering was not pleasing? It would have more sense to elaborate on why. I am not seeking man's reasoning as to why, so don't bother hypothesizing.

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