Genesis 4:10
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English Standard Version
And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.

King James Bible
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

American Standard Version
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to him: What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth to me from the earth.

English Revised Version
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth to me from the ground.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Defiance grows with sin, and punishment keeps pace with guilt. Adam and Eve fear before God, and acknowledge their sin; Cain boldly denies it, and in reply to the question, "Where is Abel thy brother?" declares, "I know not, am I my brother's keeper?" God therefore charges him with his crime: "What hast thou done! voice of thy brother's blood crying to Me from the earth." The verb "crying" refers to the "blood," since this is the principal word, and the voice merely expresses the adverbial idea of "aloud," or "listen" (Ewald, 317d). דּמים (drops of blood) is sometimes used to denote natural hemorrhage (Leviticus 12:4-5; Leviticus 20:18); but is chiefly applied to blood shed unnaturally, i.e., to murder. "Innocent blood has no voice, it may be, that is discernible by human ears, but it has one that reaches God, as the cry of a wicked deed demanding vengeance" (Delitzsch). Murder is one of the sins that cry to heaven. "Primum ostendit Deus se de factis hominum cognoscere utcunque nullus queratur vel accuset; deinde sibi magis charam esse homonum vitam quam ut sanguinem innoxium impune effundi sinat; tertio curam sibi piorum esse non solum quamdiu vivunt sed etiam post mortem" (Calvin). Abel was the first of the saints, whose blood is precious in the sight of God (Psalm 116:15); and by virtue of his faith, he being dead yet speaketh through his blood which cried unto God (Hebrews 11:4).

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Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, What is this that you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Joshua 7:19 And Joshua said to Achan, My son, give, I pray you, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to him...

Psalm 50:21 These things have you done, and I kept silence; you thought that I was altogether such an one as yourself: but I will reprove you...

blood. Heb. bloods. crieth.

Genesis 18:20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt...

2 Kings 9:26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, said the LORD; and I will requite you in this plat...

Job 16:18 O earth, cover not you my blood, and let my cry have no place.

Job 24:12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries out: yet God lays not folly to them.

Job 31:38,39 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain...

Psalm 9:12 When he makes inquisition for blood, he remembers them: he forgets not the cry of the humble.

Psalm 72:14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment...

Acts 5:3,9 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land...

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous...

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things that that of Abel.

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries...

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true...

Cross References
Hebrews 12:24
and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Revelation 6:9
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.

Revelation 6:10
They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"

Numbers 35:33
You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.

Deuteronomy 21:1
"If in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him,

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