Genesis 5:1-32 Genealogy from Adam to Noah
1 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.
3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. 4 After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters. 5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.
6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begot Enosh. 7 After he begot Enosh, Seth lived eight hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters. 8 So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.
9 Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Cainan. 10 After he begot Cainan, Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years, and had sons and daughters. 11 So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.
12 Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel. 13 After he begot Mahalalel, Cainan lived eight hundred and forty years, and had sons and daughters. 14 So all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.
15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared. 16 After he begot Jared, Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters. 17 So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died.
18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch. 19 After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 20 So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.
21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech. 26 After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had sons and daughters. 27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.
28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, "This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed." 30 After he begot Noah, Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years, and had sons and daughters. 31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem (renown), Ham (hot), and Japheth (wide-spread).” NKJV
Y God had said to Adam, “in the DAY you eat thereof you shall surely die.” Here we see the application of the extended word “day” to expand over a great period of time and this is the basis of the words of Peter as he makes reference to the word “Day” when he said, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” [2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV] Adam did indeed die within the first thousand years of his day since Adam died when he was 930 years old and it was called his day.
Y This also explains why God was so careful to define the days of creation by specifying “the evening and morning” for each day of creation thereby separating the long use of the word day from the single turn of the earth on the days of creation.
Y Again the fact of creation in the image of ELOHIYM is repeated to reinforce the concept.
Y It is interesting to note that Enoch who did not die because God took him, was taken by God 57 years before Adam died. Thus indicating that Enoch a man who pleased God being a man of faith [Hebrews 11:5-7] would have been with Adam for 308 years. Also, Enoch was a prophet. [see Jude 1:14-15]
Y We also see that by the time of Lamech the people were looking forward to a Saviour who would bring comfort from the curse God had placed on the ground. He called his name Noah meaning “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.”
Y In Hebrew, names are important. In Chapter 5 – the names are especially meaningful as in their order they show the “plan of salvation.”
A Adam (man) Who is Seth (appointed), a Enosh (mortal) of Cainan (sorrow); One Who is Mahalaleel (blessed of God); Jared (shall come down) and Enoch (teach). Methuselah (His death shall bring) Lamech (despair) and then great Noah (comfort & rest).
Y Shem (2nd born), Ham (3rd born) & Japheth (1st born – see Genesis 10:21) were triplets – as they were born to Noah when he was 500 years old.
The attached is a chart I did to show the overlap in the ages of the people before the Flood and to demonstrate that the story of creation did not have to pass through many people because Noah’s father most likely personally knew Adam since they were basically together in the same area East of Eden for 56 years.
After the flood, Noah’s son, Shem, was still alive in the east when Abraham was born and was still around for the births of Isaac and Jacob and almost to the birth of Joseph. This will be shown on the next chart.