Genesis 4:4
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New International Version
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,

New Living Translation
Abel also brought a gift--the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The LORD accepted Abel and his gift,

English Standard Version
and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,

New American Standard Bible
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;

King James Bible
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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And Abel also presented an offering--some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,

International Standard Version
while Abel brought the best parts of some of the firstborn from his flock. The LORD looked favorably upon Abel and his offering,

NET Bible
But Abel brought some of the firstborn of his flock--even the fattest of them. And the LORD was pleased with Abel and his offering,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abel also brought some choice parts of the firstborn animals from his flock. The LORD approved of Abel and his offering,

JPS Tanakh 1917
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;

New American Standard 1977
And 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;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD looked upon Abel and his present,

King James 2000 Bible
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:

American King James Version
And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering:

American Standard Version
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat: and the Lord had respect to Abel, and to his offerings.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat. And Jehovah looked upon Abel, and on his offering;

English Revised Version
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:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel, and to his offering:

World English Bible
Abel also brought some of the firstborn of his flock and of its fat. Yahweh respected Abel and his offering,

Young's Literal Translation
and Abel, he hath brought, he also, from the female firstlings of his flock, even from their fat ones; and Jehovah looketh unto Abel and unto his present,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-7 When Cain was born, Eve said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. Perhaps she thought that this was the promised seed. If so, she was wofully disappointed. Abel signifies vanity: when she thought she had the promised seed in Cain, whose name signifies possession, she was so taken up with him that another son was as vanity to her. Observe, each son had a calling. It is the will of God for every one to have something to do in this world. Parents ought to bring up their children to work. Give them a Bible and a calling, said good Mr. Dod, and God be with them. We may believe that God commanded Adam, after the fall, to shed the blood of innocent animals, and after their death to burn part or the whole of their bodies by fire. Thus that punishment which sinners deserve, even the death of the body, and the wrath of God, of which fire is a well-known emblem, and also the sufferings of Christ, were prefigured. Observe that the religious worship of God is no new invention. It was from the beginning; it is the good old way, Jer 6:16. The offerings of Cain and Abel were different. Cain showed a proud, unbelieving heart. Therefore he and his offering were rejected. Abel came as a sinner, and according to God's appointment, by his sacrifice expressing humility, sincerity, and believing obedience. Thus, seeking the benefit of the new covenant of mercy, through the promised Seed, his sacrifice had a token that God accepted it. Abel offered in faith, and Cain did not, Heb 11:4. In all ages there have been two sorts of worshippers, such as Cain and Abel; namely, proud, hardened despisers of the gospel method of salvation, who attempt to please God in ways of their own devising; and humble believers, who draw near to him in the way he has revealed. Cain indulged malignant anger against Abel. He harboured an evil spirit of discontent and rebellion against God. God notices all our sinful passions and discontents. There is not an angry, envious, or fretful look, that escapes his observing eye. The Lord reasoned with this rebellious man; if he came in the right way, he should be accepted. Some understand this as an intimation of mercy. If thou doest not well, sin, that is, the sin-offering, lies at the door, and thou mayest take the benefit of it. The same word signifies sin, and a sacrifice for sin. Though thou hast not done well, yet do not despair; the remedy is at hand. Christ, the great sin-offering, is said to stand at the door, Re 3:20. And those well deserve to perish in their sins, that will not go to the door to ask for the benefit of this sin-offering. God's acceptance of Abel's offering did not change the birthright, and make it his; why then should Cain be so angry? Sinful heats and disquiets vanish before a strict and fair inquiry into the cause.
Study Bible
Cain and Abel
3So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground. 4Abel, 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; 5but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:4
By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous when God gave approval to his gifts. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.

Genesis 4:3
So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.

Numbers 16:15
Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not regard their offering! I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them."

1 Samuel 15:22
Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
Treasury of Scripture

And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering:

the firstlings.

Exodus 13:12 That you shall set apart to the LORD all that opens the matrix, and …

Numbers 18:12,17 All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the …

Proverbs 3:9 Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of …

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without …

1 Peter 1:19,20 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish …

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him…

flock. Heb. sheep, or, goats. fat.

Leviticus 3:16,17 And the priest shall burn them on the altar: it is the food of the …

had.

Genesis 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, …

Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed on the …

Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred …

Judges 6:21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was …

1 Kings 18:24,38 And call you on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name …

1 Chronicles 21:26 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings …

2 Chronicles 7:1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from …

Psalm 20:3 Remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice; Selah.

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, …

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