Genesis 4:9

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Genesis 4:9: Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Multiple Verses: God is omniscient and omnipresent.

Genesis says that God asked Cain for the location of his brother, but multiple verses say that God is omniscient and omnipresent.

An omniscient and omnipresent God would have already known that Abel was dead, and would therefore not have asked about his location.

The book of Genesis never claims that God's actual intention was to locate Abel, God could have had other reasons for asking this question of Cain.

This would mean, perhaps, that by speaking about it directly, Cain would more clearly understand why the coming punishment was about to be declared.

So God could have known the answer to the question already, but asked about the matter anyhow, in order to make clear the reasons for the curse that followed.


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