Genesis 4:3-4

3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,

Genesis 4:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
ESV
3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground,
NLT
3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the LORD .
MSG
3 Time passed. Cain brought an offering to God from the produce of his farm.
CSB
3 In the course of time Cain presented some of the land's produce as an offering to the Lord.

Genesis 4:3-4 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 4

In this chapter an account is given of the two eldest children of Adam and Eve, their names and calling, Ge 4:1,2 and of their different offerings to the Lord, and the different respect had unto them by him, which in Cain issued in wrath and envy, which appeared in his countenance, and were taken notice of by the Lord, and about which he reasoned with him, Ge 4:3-7 but it had no effect upon him, he murdered his brother, upon which he was examined about him, but denied he knew anything of him where he was, Ge 4:8,9 he is arraigned, convicted and condemned, sentence passed upon him, and that executed, which he complains of, and is mitigated, or however a protection is granted him, and a mark set on him for his security, Ge 4:10-15 after which we have an account of his posterity for several generations, their names, and the business of some of them, Ge 4:16-24 and the chapter is closed with the birth of another son, and of a grandson to Adam and Eve, in whose days was the beginning of social religion.

Genesis 4:3-4 In-Context

1 Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.”
2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.
3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,
5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?

Cross References 5

  • 1. Leviticus 2:1-2; Isaiah 43:23; Jeremiah 41:5
  • 2. Numbers 18:12
  • 3. Leviticus 3:16; 2 Chronicles 29:35
  • 4. Exodus 13:2,12; Deuteronomy 15:19
  • 5. Hebrews 11:4
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