Genesis 4:16
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New International Version
So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

New Living Translation
So Cain left the LORD's presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

English Standard Version
Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

New American Standard Bible
Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

King James Bible
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

International Standard Version
After this, Cain left the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

NET Bible
So Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Cain left the LORD's presence and lived in Nod [The Land of Wandering], east of Eden.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.

King James 2000 Bible
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

American King James Version
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelled in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

American Standard Version
And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt as a fugitive on the earth, at the east side of Eden.

Darby Bible Translation
And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, toward the east of Eden.

English Revised Version
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

World English Bible
Cain went out from Yahweh's presence, and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Young's Literal Translation
And Cain goeth out from before Jehovah, and dwelleth in the land, moving about east of Eden;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:16-18 Cain cast off all fear of God, and attended no more on God's ordinances. Hypocritical professors, who dissemble and trifle with God, are justly left to themselves to do something grossly scandalous. So they throw off that form of godliness to which they have been a reproach, and of which they deny the power. Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and we never find that he came into it again, to his comfort. The land Cain dwelt in was called the land of Nod, which means, 'shaking,' or 'trembling,' and so shows the restlessness and uneasiness of his own spirit, or 'the land of a vagabond:' they that depart from God cannot find rest any where else. Those on earth who looked for the heavenly city, chose to dwell in tabernacles or tents; but Cain, as not minding that city, built one on earth. Thus all who are cursed of God seek their settlement and satisfaction here below.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord. Not simply ended his interview and prepared to emigrate from the abode of his youth (Kalisch); but, more especially, withdrew from the neighborhood of the cherubim (v/de on ver. 14). And dwelt in the land of Nod. The geographical situation of Nod (Knobel, China?) cannot be determined further than that it was on the east of Eden, and its name, Nod, or wandering (cf. vers. 12, 14; Psalm 56:8), was clearly derived from Cain s fugitive and vagabond life (vide Michaelis, 'Suppl,' p. 1612; and cf. Furst, 'Lex.,' sub voce), "which showeth, as Josephus well conjectureth, that Cain was not amended by his punishment, but waxed worse and worse, giving himself to rapine, robbery, oppression, deceit" (Willet).



Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord,.... Either from the place where the Lord was talking with him; or from the place where his glorious Majesty usually resided, where was some visible token of his presence, some stream of light and glory which showed him to be there, and which was at the east of the garden of Eden; from whence Cain was obliged to go, not being suffered to appear any more before God, or among his worshippers: there was a place near Tripoli in Syria, near where Mount Lebanon ends, called , "the face of God", made mention of by Polybius (e), and Strabo (f): and was near those parts where some place the garden of Eden; and it is possible might have its name from some tradition that this was the place where the face of God was seen, or his presence enjoyed by our first parents after their ejection from Eden, and from whence Cain went forth:

and dwelt in the land of Nod; so called, not before he went there, but from his wandering up and down in it; continuing in no one place in it, as well as his mind was restless and uneasy; Jarchi mentions another reason of its name, that in every place where he went the earth shook under him, and men said, Depart from him, this is he that slew his brother:

on the east of Eden; further east from the place where his father Adam and his other children dwelt; not being allowed to continue any longer with them, or converse with them, after he had been guilty of so horrid a crime.

(e) Hist. l. 5. p. 260. (f) Geograph. l. 16. p. 519.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. presence of the Lord—the appointed place of worship at Eden. Leaving it, he not only severed himself from his relatives but forsook the ordinances of religion, probably casting off all fear of God from his eyes so that the last end of this man is worse than the first (Mt 12:45).

land of Nod—of flight or exile—thought by many to have been Arabia-Petræa—which was cursed to sterility on his account.

Genesis 4:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Cain Murders Abel
15So the LORD said to him, "Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold." And the LORD appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him. 16Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
Cross References
Genesis 4:17
Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.

2 Kings 24:20
It was because of the LORD's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Jeremiah 23:39
Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your ancestors.

Jeremiah 52:3
It was because of the LORD's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Jonah 1:3
But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.
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And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelled in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

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Genesis 4:14 Behold, you have driven me out this day from the face of the earth; …

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in …

Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thunder, and the lightning, and the noise …

2 Kings 13:23 And the LORD was gracious to them, and had compassion on them, and …

2 Kings 24:20 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and …

Job 1:12 And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; …

Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job …

Job 20:17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice: let them ever …

Psalm 68:2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before …

Jeremiah 23:39 Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will …

Jeremiah 52:3 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and …

John 1:3,10 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made …

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am …

Luke 13:26 Then shall you begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in your presence, …

1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you…

Nod. So called from nad, 'a vagabond,' which Cain is termed in ver.

Genesis 4:12 When you till the ground, it shall not from now on yield to you her …

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