Genesis 5

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1 This is the book of the births of Man*. In the day that God created Man, in the likeness of God He made him.

2 Male and female He created them, and blessed them, and called their name Man in the day of their being created.

3 And Man lived thirty and a hundred years, and begot into his likeness, according·​·to his image, and called his name Seth.

4 And the days of Man after he begot Seth were eight hundred years; and he begot sons and daughters.

5 And all the days that Man lived were nine hundred years and thirty years; and he died.

6 And Seth lived five years and a hundred years, and begot Enosh.

7 And Seth lived after he begot Enosh seven years and eight hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

8 And all the days of Seth were twelve years and nine hundred years; and he died.

9 And Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Kenan.

10 And Enosh lived after he begot Kenan fifteen years and eight hundred years; and begot sons and daughters.

11 And all the days of Enosh were five years and nine hundred years; and he died.

12 And Kenan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel.

13 And Kenan lived after he begot Mahalalel forty years and eight hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

14 And all the days of Kenan were ten years and nine hundred years; and he died.

15 And Mahalalel lived five years and sixty years, and begot Jared.

16 And Mahalalel lived after he begot Jared thirty years and eight hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

17 And all the days of Mahalalel were five and ninety years and eight hundred years; and he died.

18 And Jared lived two and sixty years and a hundred years, and begot Enoch.

19 And Jared lived after he begot Enoch eight hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

20 And all the days of Jared were two and sixty years and nine hundred years; and he died.

21 And Enoch lived five and sixty years, and begot Methuselah.

22 And Enoch walked with God after he begot Methuselah three hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

23 And all the days of Enoch was* five and sixty years and three hundred years.

24 And Enoch walked with God, and he was no more*, for God took him.

25 And Methuselah lived seven and eighty years and a hundred years, and begot Lamech.

26 And Methuselah lived after he begot Lamech, two and eighty years and seven hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine and sixty years and nine hundred years; and he died.

28 And Lamech lived two and eighty years and a hundred years, and begot a son;

29 and he called his name Noaḥ*, saying, He shall comfort us from our deeds, and from the grief of our hands, from the ground which Jehovah has cursed.

30 And Lamech lived after he begot Noaḥ five and ninety years and five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

31 And all the days of Lamech was* seven and seventy years and seven hundred years; and he died.

32 And Noaḥ was a son of five hundred years; and Noaḥ begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

  

Exploring the Meaning of Genesis 5      

Napsal(a) Emanuel Swedenborg

Here are some excerpts from Swedenborg's "Arcana Coelestia" that help explain the inner meaning of this chapter:

AC 460. This chapter treats specifically of the propagation of the Most Ancient Church through successive generations, almost to the flood.

AC 461. The Most Ancient Church itself, which was celestial, is what is called "Man (homo)," and a "likeness of God" (verse 1).

AC 462. A second church which was not so celestial as the Most Ancient Church, is called "Seth" (verses 2, 3).

AC 463. A third church was called "Enosh" (verse 6); a fourth "Kenan" (verse 9); a fifth "Mahalalel" (verse 12); a sixth " Jared" (verse 15); a seventh "Enoch" (verse 18); and an eighth church "Methuselah" (verse 21).

AC 464. The church called " is described as framing doctrine from what was revealed to and perceived by the Most Ancient Church, which doctrine, although of no use at that time, was preserved for the use of posterity. This is signified by its being said that "Enoch" was no more, because God took him" (verses 22, 23, 24).

AC 465. A ninth church was called "Lamech" (verse 25).

AC 466. A tenth, the parent of three churches after the flood, was named "Noah." This church is to be called the Ancient Church (verses 28, 29).

AC 467. "Lamech" is described as retaining nothing of the perception which the Most Ancient Church enjoyed; and "Noah" is described as a new church (verse 29).

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.


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