Brother's Keeper" is a reference to the Biblical story of Cain and Abel from the book of Genesis. It is generally understood to mean being responsible for the welfare of a brother or other sibling or, by extension, for other human beings in general. Cain, who is quoted as having made this statement, claimed not to have this responsibility. The phrase, however, is often used with the suggestion that people do have such a responsibility to care for and watch over their fellow human beings.Cain and Abel were sons of Adam and Eve. Cain, a farmer, and Abel, a shepherd, each sacrificed the fruits of their labor to God. God looked favorably upon Abel's sacrifice, but not Cain's, and in his anger over the incident, Cain murdered his brother.
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