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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 5:25-27

Concerning Methuselah observe, 1. The signification of his name, which some think was prophetical, his father Enoch being a prophet. Methuselah signifies, he dies, or there is a dart, or, a sending forth, namely, of the deluge, which came the very year that Methuselah died. If indeed his name was so intended and so explained, it was fair warning to a careless world, a long time before the judgment came. However, this is observable, that the longest liver that ever was carried death in his... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 5:25

And Methuselah lived an hundred and eighty and seven years, and beget Lamech. The Septuagint version is an hundred and sixty seven; the Samaritan only sixty seven; the same names were given to some of the posterity of Seth as were to those of Cain, as Lamech here, and Enoch before. 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

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 5:25-32

The shortest life was followed by the longest, Methuselah begetting, at the advanced age of 187, Lamech ,—strong or young man (Gesenius); overthrower, wild man (Furst); man of, prayer (Murphy),—continuing after his son's birth 782 years, and at last succumbing to the stroke of death in the 969th year of his age, the year of the Flood. Lamech, by whom the line was carried forward, was similarly far advanced when he begat a son, at the age of 182, and called his name Noah ,—"rest," from ... 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

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

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 5:1-32

1. The effects of the curse on humanity ch. 5There are at least three purposes for the inclusion of this genealogy, which contains 10 paragraphs (Genesis 5:1-32).1. It shows the development of the human race from Adam to Noah and bridges the gap in time between these two major individuals. One writer argued that the ages of these patriarchs were inflated to glorify them. [Note: R. K. Harrison, "From Adam to Noah: A Reconsideration of the Antediluvian Patriarchs’ Ages," Journal of the... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 5:1-32

The Descendants of Adam to NoahThe purpose of the historian in giving the names and ages of the antediluvian Patriarchs was, no doubt, to show the glorious ancestry of the chosen race, and to account for the period between the Creation and the Flood. This, according to the Hebrews, was 1656 years. (See on Genesis 10:32.) Various attempts have been made to explain the great ages attributed to these Patriarchs, but they are purely conjectural, and the view now generally held is that the Hebrews,... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Genesis 5:1-32

Enoch Genesis 5:24 The character of Enoch is the point on which attention is fixed. He 'walked with God,' he 'pleased God'. I. What is Implied in this Description? ( a ) Agreement. 'Can two walk together except they be agreed?' Man naturally is at enmity with God, averse to Him, disliking His law. This enmity must be destroyed. There is no peace with the wicked, and as the first requisite to walking with God obedience is required. ( b ) Intimate Communion. Agreement in aim and purpose is... read more

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