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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 5:1-5

I. His creation, Gen. 5:1, 2, where we have a brief rehearsal of what was before at large related concerning the creation of man. This is what we have need frequently to hear of and carefully to acquaint ourselves with. Observe here, 1. That God created man. Man is not his own maker, therefore he must not be his own master; but the Author of his being must be the director of his motions and the centre of them. 2. That there was a day in which God created man. He was not from eternity, but of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 5:1

This is the book of the generations of Adam ,.... An account of persons born of him, or who descended from him by generation in the line of Seth, down to Noah, consisting of ten generations; for a genealogy of all his descendants is not here given, not of those in the line of Cain, nor of the collateral branches in the line of Seth, only of those that descended one from another in a direct line to Noah: in the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him ; this is... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 5:1

The book of the generations - ספר sepher , in Hebrew, which we generally translate book, signifies a register, an account, any kind of writing, even a letter, such as the bill of divorce. Here It means the account or register of the generations of Adam or his descendants to the five hundredth year of the life of Noah. In the likeness of God made he him - This account is again introduced to keep man in remembrance of the heights of glory whence he bad fallen; and to prove to him that... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 5:1

Verse 1 1.This is the book of the generations of Adam. In this chapter Moses briefly recites the length of time which had intervened between the creation of the world and the deluge; and also slightly touches on some portion of the history of that period. And although we do not comprehend the design of the Spirit, in leaving unrecorded great and memorable events, it is, nevertheless, our business to reflect on many things which are passed over in silence. I entirely disapprove of those... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 5:1-2

§ 3. THE GENERATIONS OF ADAM ( CH . 5:1-6:8) EXPOSITION The present section carries forward the inspired narrative another stage, in which the onward progress or development of the human race is traced, in the holy line of Seth, from the day of Adam's creation, through ten successive generations, till the point is reached when the first great experiment of attempting to save man by clemency rather than by punishment is brought to a termination, and Jehovah, whose mercy has... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 5:1-32

The antediluvian saints. I. DESCENDANTS OF ADAM . AS such they were— 1. A sinful race. Adam's son Seth was begotten in his father's image. Though still retaining the Divine image ( 1 Corinthians 11:7 ) as to nature, in respect of purity man has lost it. Inexplicable as the mystery is of inherited corruption, it is still a fact that the moral deterioration of the head of the human family has transmitted itself to all the members. The doctrine of human depravity, however... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 5:1-32

- Section V - The Line to Noah- The Line of Sheth1. ספר sepher “writing, a writing, a book.”9. קינן qēynān, Qenan, “possessor, or spearsman.”12. <מהללאל mahelal'ēl, Mahalalel, “praise of ‘El.”15. ירד yerĕd, Jered, “going down.”21. מתוּשׁלה metûshālach, Methushelach, “man of the missile.”29. נה noach, Noach, “rest,” נחם nācham “sigh; repent; pity; comfort oneself; be revenged.”32. שׁם shēm, Shem, “name, fame; related: be high.” חם chām Cham, “hot.” יפת yāpet, Japheth, “spreading;... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Genesis 5:1

Genesis 5:1. The book of the generations of Adam That is, a list or catalogue of his posterity, not of all, but only of the holy seed, from whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came; of the names, ages, and deaths of those that were the successors of the first Adam in preserving the promise, and the ancestors of the second, at whose coming the promise was accomplished. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 5:1-32

5:1-32 GENEALOGY FROM ADAM TO NOAHAs the human race expanded, the minority of people who remained faithful to God became smaller and smaller. The purpose of the genealogy recorded in this chapter is to trace from Adam to Noah that thin line of believers who kept alive the knowledge of God.The genealogy does not name every descendant in the line from Adam to Noah, but selects ten important people to form an overall framework. Selective genealogies such as this, being easy to remember, were... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 5:1

book of the generation. Only here and Matthew 1:1 , "the second man" and "last Adam". In the day. See Genesis 2:17 and App-18 . God = Elohim. man. Art. not needed = the man Adam. App-14 . him. Emph. reference to Adam. read more

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