“Am I my brother's keeper?”

GENESIS 4:9

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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After God asks Cain where his missing brother is, he lies to God claiming he does not know. Then he asks the now famously evasive question: “Am I my brother's keeper?” That is, “am I supposed to look after my brother?”

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

— Genesis 4:9

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Am (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
I אָנֹֽכִי׃ I H595
my brother's אָחִ֖י A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) H251
keeper? הֲשֹׁמֵ֥ר Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc H8104

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