Genesis 4:7

“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If thou doe well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sinne lieth at the doore: And vnto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule ouer him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If you do well, will not {your countenance} be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door: and unto thee shall be its desire, but do thou rule over it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If you do well, will you not have honour? and if you do wrong, sin is waiting at the door, desiring to have you, but do not let it be your master.
- Basic English Bible

If thou doest well, will not [thy countenance] look up [with confidence]? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door; and unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
- Darby Bible

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And to thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
- Webster's Bible

If you do well, will it not be lifted up? If you don't do well, sin crouches at the door. Its desire is for you, but you are to rule over it."
- World English Bible

Is there not, if thou dost well, acceptance? and if thou dost not well, at the opening a sin-offering is crouching, and unto thee its desire, and thou rulest over it.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door; and unto thee is its desire, but thou mayest rule over it.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 4:7


4:7 If thou dost well, shalt thou not be accepted? - Either, 1. If thou hadst done well, as thy brother did, thou shouldest have been accepted as he was. God is no respecter of persons; so that if we come short of acceptance with him, the fault is wholly our own. This will justify God in the destruction of sinners, and will aggravate their ruin. There is not a damned sinner in hell, but if he had done well, as he might have done, had been a glorified saint in heaven. Every mouth will shortly be stopt with this. Or, 2. If now thou do well: if thou repent of thy sin, reform thy heart and life, and bring thy sacrifice in a better manner; thou shalt yet be accepted. See how early the gospel was preached, and the benefit of it here offered even to one of the chief of sinners. He sets before him death and a curse; but, if not well - Seeing thou didst not do well, not offer in faith, and in a right manner, sin lieth at the door - That is, sin only hinders thy acceptance. All this considered, Cain had no reason to he angry with his brother, but at himself only. Unto thee shall be his desire - He shall continue in respect to thee as an elder brother, and thou, as the first - born, shall rule over him as much as ever. God's acceptance of Abel's offering did not transfer the birth - right to him, (which Cain was jealous of) nor put upon him that dignity, and power, which is said to belong to it, #Gen 49:3|.


Discussion for Genesis 4:7

  • It just shows you that even doing the right thing can be wrong if our attitudes aren't right. Yes, it was right of Cain to offer a sacrifice, but when we don't get the acknowledgement that we think we so rightly deserve, we are to rather put our faith and trust in God that He knows all. Sin is always waiting to attach itself to us, and we are to never give it an opportunity with our emotions.
  • James Mbuga for verse 7
    The Lord compliments the good done but goes ahead to present an option to exercise free will with consequences though.I still believe Cain like any of us experienced contention which ultimately makes God who He is,Forgiving Father.
  • Anonymous for verse 7
    To say that sin lieth at the door is to say that sin is drawing dangerously near to you, that it is at the door (The point of entry), and it wants in, because it wants you.

    If you've ever attempted to rule over the unruly, then you know it is a constant source of contention.
  • Joseph Hewison for verse 7
    It appears to me that every time I choose other than the divine way, the path God has directed for my life; I am moving in the way of Cain.

    The Word speaks to me that even so, God is offering the door of repentance by which I can enter.

    This Word has penetrated my heart and the truth has reach It's mark.

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