Genesis Chapter 4

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Genesis 4

1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

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

6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

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.

8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

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

21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.

38 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 4

  1. The chapter ends with “…..At that [same] time men began to call on the name of the Lord [in worship through prayer, praise, and thanksgiving].” Same portion in the NLT “At that time people first began to worship the Lord by name.” Same in the NIV “At that time people began to call on[i] the name of the Lord.” If you ever find yourself in No-Man’s-Land (out of the presence of God), remember your call…WPPT (Worship, Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving).

  2. Gen.4:8 Cain’s anger had already been noted in verses 5 and 6. Now, in a fit of anger, he murders Abel. Thus begins the long history of human violence and man’s inhumanity to his fellowman . This murder also had to be a heartbreaking reminder to Adam and Eve that the consequences of sin is death
    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  3. 3. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

    4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

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

    Abel brought an offering of the first of what he had, and it was accepted; Cain brought God an offering out of what God had already cursed, so it was rejected. We get into trouble when we try to offer God just what is convenient for us.

  4. iLove to eat More Word
    Genesis 4:4-5 NLT Abel also brought a gift—the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The LORD accepted Abel and his gift, (5) but He did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.

    Does the Lord accept or reject the offering that we bring him? Do we bring him our heart full of darkness and deceit without repenting and think that somehow just because we showed up that he should accept us? Abel brought a bloody sacrifice denoting that he was worthy of death, but God accepted it because it showed humility.

  5. 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth and his countenance fell.
    6. And the Lord said unto Cain, why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen?
    7. If thou doest well, shall 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.

    God expects certain things from us, and he never asks of us more than we can handle. When we bring to him what he has stirred in us to bring , it pleases him. Obedience pleases the Lord. If you only do half of what he asks, your offering will not be accepted. You can only get angry at yourself. Living by your own will is a dangerous thing. Later in the scripture, that same sin took control of Cain and he murdered his brother. He then avoided the question when confronted. God put a curse on him. Not only could he not do what he was raised to do(till the ground), but he had to leave his home and was on the run. So, because of his disobedience and pride he was brought to a sorrowful place where he was stripped of everything he knew and lived with unrest. He could never settle down and he could never know peace.

  6. A vagabond is a person that wonders from place to place aka a nomad. In this case a nomad is bad. Cain was going to be a man with out a home. Life will be hard cause he couldn’t stay in one place. Causing evil and trouble.

    Make sure you always know where your at and where your going. Seek God and allow him to show you where to go. Don’t be a nomad and go from place to place causing trouble.

    “When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  7. Punishment is greater than I can bear

    Why did Cain believe it was too much? Cain was a farmer. God cursed his ability to be a farmer. “12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength” How would he be able to make a living if the Lord took away his ability to be a farmer? I can understand Cain’s grief in the realization the only thing he knew how to do would no longer be how he made a living. Could I start over, yes but it would not be easy. It would also cause severe financial turmoil in our lives.

    Cain lived the rest of his life unable to be a farmer and the guilt of having killed his brother. The punishment was directly related to his future farming efforts and a constant reminder of the voice of his brother’s blood which cried unto God from the ground.

  8. 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.

    Sin can be overcome if God’s commandments are obeyed. Through the power of the Holy Ghost sin can be defeated in our lives.

  9. 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

    We need to seek the lord if we have the lord why should we wonder and do evil things for the lord is with us , follow God and he will lead your footsteps

  10. When one sin leads to another….

    You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ NLT)

    It doesn’t matter how deep you have been living in sin, a true repented heart can bring you to a new place in living. Some choose to continue and be controlled by their sinful nature. It’s the word of God, prayer, and conviction that can change you. As we continue to see that it is sin that separates man from his creator.

  11. 7 If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.” (AMP)

    There are rewards and consequences, it’s our choice as to which we will end up with.

  12. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

    4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

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

    6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

    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.

    Why is it that when we (man) makes the choose to take the path of least resistance, and it doesn’t work out the way we thought it should that we get angry with God? Cain and Abel were both raised in the same home, same house rules and undoubtedly knew what was required for sacrifice. Yet one chose the path of least resistance and when his offering wasn’t accepted, he was wrath with God.

    We must learn to accept responsibility for our own actions and instead of become angry with others, take that anger and use it constructively to change ourselves.

  13. MORE RESPECT

    3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
    4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
    5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

    It is humbling to consider the GOD that created the heavens and the earth would even consider our offerings, actions and attitudes. We learn from this passage that 2 people can be in the same house, from the same family and still not receive the same revelations.

    GOD is the judge of all things and this is why we must consider HIM in all things. Even what we bring to him to BLESS.

    They both brought something, they both went through the act of giving and worship. However, GOD took issue with the attitude and effort of Cain.

    There are so many possibilities as to why GOD did not respect the offering of Cain. Most likely because Cain did not give the FIRSTFRUIT. Consider every offering of Time, Talent, Treasure and lets give GOD the FIRSTFRUIT (BEST) of everythign we have.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  14. Genesis 4:25-26 (KJV Strong’s)
    25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.

    Seth means substitution, or compensation. A compensation is something given in light of a loss. This is to try and right a wrong that has been done. Here Adam and Eve were given Seth as compensation for the death of Abel.

    We may lost things in life but God always has greater things in store. We may not understand loss but we can trust that God will fill the gap, and many times it is with something greater than we had before.

  15. Genesis 4:3-5
    3) And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
    4) And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord has respect unto Abel and his offering:
    5) But unto Cain he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

    Hebrews 11:4 says, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speakers.”

    Not only did Abel bring of the firstlings of his flock, but he brought the best he had in contrast to Cain’s offering. He brought the right kind of offering with a right heart and a right attitude.

    Same with us today. God will only accept our sacrifices and offerings of praise, worship, time, talent, and treasure if we bring the right kind with a right heart and right attitude.

    2 Cor. 9:7, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God livery a cheerful giver.”
    So bring your best praise, worship, time, talent, and treasure to God, and do it with a cheerful heart!

  16. The beginning of man kind

    What a history. Seeing this and knowing what the “world” says about how we got here. How could you not believe the bible. It just makes sense. With in 8 generation. There were tent makes and brass workers. There were musicians and artists. Wow! History is not as old as many suppose.

  17. The Same Cries Out Today

    10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

    Every day you hear another crisis from Iris or Sirya children dying, drowning, hanged, or watching their parents killed. Innocent blood crying from the ground!!! Thousands daily abortions because of incoginience?? What is it to come??? All cursed running without a destination, looking for something in all the wrong places. The ONLY answer, The ONLY WAY, TRUTH, AND THE LIGHT IS JESUS CHRIST!!!!! Today the blood still cries from the ground, the blood of the innocent!!! Vengeance is mine says THE LORD!!!!!

  18. 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.

    We see about the generations of Cain yet it does not give mention of them acknowledging God, but after Seth was born the Word of God says then began Men to call upon the name of Lord. God will always have a people not given to idol worship. I was reminded of this scripture as I read this.

    1 Kings 19:18
    King James Bible
    Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

  19. 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

    6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

    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.

    A prideful heart and sin will cause our countenance to fall. If true in our individual lives it can be applied to us as the body of Christ. If we the church are wagging war with more prideful and sinful soldiers than those that are focused and walking in the spirit the countenance of the church will be low.

    Think of Moses as his hands where high the people were winning in battle. If Aaron and Hur allowed themselves to be prideful and sinful they would have never stood next to the man of God just to keep his hands up.

    We have to evaluate our individual lives because we are the church and we have to daily walk in the spirit. Holy Spirit take control!

  20. vss. 3-7 We see in these verses that GOD is not obligated to confine to our definitions what HE considers to be works.
    Nor is GOD required to accept as faith whatever we may offer HIM.
    Faith always requires action, and we must be willing to do whatever GOD directs and requires.

  21. 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

    12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

    13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
    I would not ever want a punishment that I cant bear!!!!

  22. 15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

    Mark, I’m reminded of another Mark that will set a distinction and those who accept it. It’s the Mark of the beast, a mark that will be easily be identified just like Cains Mark was.
    It was a mark meant to keep him safe, how similar are the two. I’m a world were we are going to be told to take the mark or die, we would chose the mark.

    I pray that we remember to do what is pleasing to Gods eyes and have a sense of urgency to seek for lost because the day is upon us.

  23. Adam knew Eve.

    Knew is a euphemism for sexual relations. In the LXX the Greek is ginosko, which is the same term in Matt 7:23.

    There is a certain amount of intimacy that is required in relationship. Christ uses the reference as a metaphor for a close relationship. We were made to have communion with God.

  24. “Cain said to GOD, “My punishment is too much. I can’t take it! You’ve thrown me off the land and I can never again face you. I’m a homeless wanderer on Earth and whoever finds me will kill me.”

    GOD told him, “No. Anyone who kills Cain will pay for it seven times over.” GOD put a mark on Cain to protect him so that no one who met him would kill him.”
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4:13-15‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    Even though Cain sinned God did not want any harm to come to him. God punished but He also protected.

    Just because a person may sin doesn’t mean that Gods grace doesn’t still reach out to them with open arms.

  25. And Abel, he also brought the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offerings.

    What are you bringing to the table? Is the Lord pleased with what you are offering?

  26. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

    14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
    Whatever temptation your dealing with dont give in, God is able to keep you. It isnt aorth your salvation.

  27. 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

    12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

    13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

    Most of the time when we choose to break the rules we don’t consider the consequences. If we can see the consequences before we make the decision we are less likely to make a bad decision. Weigh the consequences. Sin is fun but is it worth your soul?

  28. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

    The phrase that we all learn about, in the process of time….

  29. 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.

    It’s up to us. Do we want the good or the bad?

  30. “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.” Cain became jealous and slew his brother, which he should have repented and made it right with God (Judge). The tragedy is Abel could no longer worship God, Cain was sent out (sent away), and then the word of Jesus (God) states when Enos was born; “then began men to call upon the name of the Lord”. The time is at hand (now) when one must do as was done when Enos was born; “2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. Dear God, forgive me and change me, for we (I) need more of you; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In GOD we trust”. “One Nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.
    What a mighty GOD we serve! Thank GOD for his word. GOD bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in JESUS name, Amen!

  31. The battle between good and evil began to work through Cain when he killed his brother Abel. But, in this verse it is comforting to see that God cared enough for Adam & Eve to give them another Son. No it won’t replace Abel but it will help ease the hurt. You see how the devil influenced Cain with jealousy to the point of murdering his brother. My brothers & sisters let’s not this happen in our lives either. Maybe you might not physically murder someone. But don’t envy or be jealous about what someone has or does, and how they live. But, be in tuned with God, he grants your hearts disires as long as it is within his will. “Not just yours”…..and not destructive desires either. “He’s your Father, not your sugar daddy”. You won’t get every you like! But, he painfully loves you!

    25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

    “Keep the faith”……………….

  32. “And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?”
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    Even God wants to know whenever you Are not happy why you lost your joy.

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

    6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

    These 2 sons knew to bring a sacrifice or offering to the Lord, so no doubt they both knew what acceptable to God. Even if they didn’t, God gives Cain another chance to bring what was acceptable. However, Cain didn’t want another chance at the offering-He prefers the chance to get even with his brother. God corrects us out of love but his love was rejected when Cain acts out his anger and murdered his brother. In punishment for this act of violence, God makes sure Cain has to bear his punishment. We must endure the chastening of the Lord and correct our mistakes and even rebellion so that we will accepted by the Lord into His Kingdom of Heaven.

  34. The Price Of Forgiveness

    Genesis 4:23-24 NLT
    23 One day Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; listen to me, you wives of Lamech. I have killed a man who attacked me, a young man who wounded me.

    24 If someone who kills Cain is punished seven times, then the one who kills me will be punished seventy-seven times!”

    Cain’s family was punished by God for Cain’s sin of murder, but God placed on them a promise that those who might take advantage of them would face God’s wrath seven fold. At one point in his days, Lamech, a descendant of Cain, was attacked and killed a man in self-defense. When telling his wives, he remarked that his vengeance would be multiplied to 70 times the original seven. This multiplication marked a deep debt to be had of any who wronged the family of Cain. Thousands of years later, Jesus addressed the forgiveness He gave and said He would be the release of the debt of man’s sin, even to the extent of Lamech’s 70 times seven; Jesus paid the price on the cross for our forgiveness, to atone for even our worst.

    Matthew 18:21-22
    21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

    22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

  35. 15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

    Even though Cain was a murderer, he killed his brother just because he was jealous, God still loved him. He was probably the biggest sinner on earth at the time but God still showed mercy on him and protected him from anyone else that would try to harm.

    If we can realize that if God could love Cain this much, how much could God love us? Or love the people that we dislike. They need Jesus all the more and they need to hear about his love from people that care.

  36. Eve conceived 1. AND Ad’-am knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2. And she again bare his brother A’-bel . And A’-bel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. Gen. 3 : 23 3. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4. And A’-bel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto A’-bel and to his offering: 5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

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