New International Version
Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
King James Bible
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
Darby Bible Translation
And now be thou cursed from the ground, which hath opened its mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand.
World English Bible
Now you are cursed because of the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
Young's Literal Translation
and now, cursed art thou from the ground, which hath opened her mouth to receive the blood of thy brother from thy hand;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The voice of thy brother's blood - It is probable that Cain, having killed his brother, dug a hole and buried him in the earth, hoping thereby to prevent the murder from being known; and that this is what is designed in the words, Thy brother's blood crieth unto me From The Ground - which hath opened her mouth to receive it from thy hand. Some think that by the voice of thy brother's blood the cries of Abel's widow and children are to be understood, as it is very probable that he was father of a family; indeed his occupation and sacrifices seem to render this probable, and probability is all we can expect on such a subject. God represents these as calling aloud for the punishment of the murderer; and it is evident that Cain expected to fall by the hands of some person who, from his consanguinity, had the right of the avenger of blood; for now that the murder is found out, he expects to suffer death for it. See Genesis 4:14.
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'If thou doest not well, sin croucheth at the door: and unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.'--GENESIS iv. 7 (R. V.). These early narratives clothe great moral and spiritual truths in picturesque forms, through which it is difficult for us to pierce. In the world's childhood God spoke to men as to children, because there were no words then framed which would express what we call abstract conceptions. They had to be shown by pictures. But these early men, simple and childlike …
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Cain and Abel. Gen 4:3-8
Extracts No. vii.
The Faith of Abraham.
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."
So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
He named him Noah and said, "He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed."
However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:
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