Genesis 4:3-8

3 So it came about in the course * of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.
4 1Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And 2the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering;
5 but 3for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So 4Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "5Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
7 "6If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? 7And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, 8but you must master it."
8 Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and 9killed him.

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Genesis 4:3-8 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 4:3-8 In-Context

1 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD ."
2 Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.
4 Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering;
5 but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
7 "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."
8 Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" And he said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
10 He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Hebrews 11:4
  • 2. 1 Samuel 15:22
  • 3. 1 Samuel 16:7
  • 4. Isaiah 3:9; Jude 11
  • 5. Jonah 4:4
  • 6. Jeremiah 3:12; Micah 7:18
  • 7. Numbers 32:23
  • 8. Job 11:14, 15; Romans 6:12, 16
  • 9. Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51; 1 John 3:12-15; Jude 11

Footnotes 3