Descendants of Adam | Genesis 5

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Descendants of Adam

Genesis 5
New Living Translation (NLT)

The Descendants of Adam

5 This is the written account of the descendants of Adam. When God created human beings,[a] he made them to be like himself. He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.”

When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son who was just like him—in his very image. He named his son Seth. After the birth of Seth, Adam lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.

When Seth was 105 years old, he became the father of[b] Enosh. After the birth of[c] Enosh, Seth lived another 807 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.

When Enosh was 90 years old, he became the father of Kenan. 10 After the birth of Kenan, Enosh lived another 815 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 11 Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died.

12 When Kenan was 70 years old, he became the father of Mahalalel. 13 After the birth of Mahalalel, Kenan lived another 840 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 14 Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died.

15 When Mahalalel was 65 years old, he became the father of Jared. 16 After the birth of Jared, Mahalalel lived another 830 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 17 Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died.

18 When Jared was 162 years old, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After the birth of Enoch, Jared lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 20 Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.

21 When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived 365 years,24 walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.

25 When Methuselah was 187 years old, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After the birth of Lamech, Methuselah lived another 782 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 27 Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.

28 When Lamech was 182 years old, he became the father of a son. 29 Lamech named his son Noah, for he said, “May he bring us relief[d] from our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that the Lord has cursed.” 30 After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived another 595 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 31 Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.

32 By the time Noah was 500 years old, he was the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Footnotes:

  1. 5:1 Or man; Hebrew reads adam; similarly in 5:2.
  2. 5:6 Or the ancestor of; also in 5:9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 25.
  3. 5:7 Or the birth of this ancestor of; also in 5:10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26.
  4. 5:29 Noah sounds like a Hebrew term that can mean “relief” or “comfort.”

Thought for the day

Genesis 5 – Gives us a list of the patriarchs from Adam through Noah and how long they lived. This allows us to date the post Eden earth up to the flood. When you add the years, you are able to come up with a time period of about 1556 years, assuming we made Adam age zero on exiting Eden.  On the website answering Genesis.org they seem to have done the math showing the time that elapsed. They then graph Genesis 5 for us. Chapter five, is one of the most important text in Genesis as it shows lineage, and tells us how far from we are from the fall of man.

There is no biblical record of Eve getting pregnant in Eden, and Cain was the first child noted to be born of Eve in scripture. This gives reason to believe, that they were not together long in Eden. This notion would say that the flood came within a few years of the calculated time period. There is also some evidence that they may have been in Eden longer than the previous presumption, as they had customary meetings with Jesus there. We can only guess that the earth is 1556 years old at this point, as we do not know how long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden before they fell to temptation. Most young earth creationist will say the earth is about 6,000 years old. Approximately 1500 before the flood, 3000 years BC to year zero, and of course about 2000 years AD since year zero. Without knowing exactly what went on time wise after the 7th day of creation, we really do not know how long-ago earth was created, but it most assuredly is more young than modern science would suggest. Carbon dating might be hard to get right, if God created everything old, and mature.

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