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Genesis 5:1

    Genesis 5:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God made man, he made him in the image of God;

    Webster's Revision

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

    World English Bible

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, he made him in God's likeness.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

    Clarke's Commentary on 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 the miseries and death consequent on his present state were produced by his transgression, and did not flow from his original state. For, as he was created in the image of God, he was created free from natural and moral evil. As the deaths of the patriarchs are now to be mentioned, it was necessary to introduce them by this observation, in order to justify the ways of God to man.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 5:1

    - Section V - The Line to Noah

    - The Line of Sheth

    1. 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; related: spread out."

    We now enter upon the third of the larger documents contained in Genesis. The first is a diary, the second is a history, the third a genealogy. The first employs the name אלהים 'ĕlohı̂ym exclusively; the second uses אלהים יהוה yehovâh'ĕlohı̂ym in the second and third chapters, and יהוה yehovâh usually in the fourth; the third has אלהים 'ĕlohı̂ym in the first part, and יהוה yehovâh in the second part. The name אלהים 'ĕlohı̂ym is employed in the beginning of the chapter with a manifest reference to the first document, which is here quoted and abridged.

    This chapter contains the line from Adam to Noah, in which are stated some common particulars concerning all, and certain special details concerning three of them. The genealogy is traced to the tenth in descent from Adam, and terminates with the flood. The scope of the chapter is to mark out the line of faith and hope and holiness from Adam, the first head of the human race, to Noah, who became eventually the second natural head of it.

    Genesis 5:1-2

    These verses are a recapitulation of the creation of man. The first sentence is the superscription of the new piece of composition now before us. The heading of the second document was more comprehensive. It embraced the generations, evolutions, or outworkings of the skies and the land, as soon as they were called into existence, and was accordingly dated from the third day. The present document confines itself to the generations of man, and commences, therefore, with the sixth day. The generations here are literal for the most part, though a few particulars of the individuals mentioned are recorded. But taken in a large sense this superscription will cover the whole of the history in the Old and New Testaments. It is only in the prophetic parts of these books that we reach again in the end of things to the wider compass of the heavens and the earth Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1. Then only does the sphere of history enlarge itself to the pristine dimensions in the proper and blessed sense, when the second Adam appears on earth, and re-connects heaven and earth in a new, holy, and everlasting covenant.

    The present superscription differs from the former one in the introduction of the word ספר sepher, "book". There is here some ground in the text for supposing the insertion by Moses of an authentic document, handed down from the olden time, in the great work which he was directed to compose. The chapter before us could not have been completed, indeed, until after the birth of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. But if we except the last verse, there is no impossibility or improbability in its being composed before the deluge.

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