Genesis 5

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1 Hic est liber generationis Adam. In die qua creavit Deus hominem, ad similitudinem Dei fecit illum.

2 Masculum et feminam creavit eos, et benedixit illis : et vocavit nomen eorum Adam, in die quo creati sunt.

3 Vixit autem Adam centum triginta annis : et genuit ad imaginem et similitudinem suam, vocavitque nomen ejus Seth.

4 Et facti sunt dies Adam, postquam genuit Seth, octingenti anni : genuitque filios et filias.

5 Et factum est omne tempus quod vixit Adam, anni nongenti triginta, et mortuus est.

6 Vixit quoque Seth centum quinque annis, et genuit Enos.

7 Vixitque Seth, postquam genuit Enos, octingentis septem annis, genuitque filios et filias.

8 Et facti sunt omnes dies Seth nongentorum duodecim annorum, et mortuus est.

9 Vixit vero Enos nonaginta annis, et genuit Cainan.

10 Post cujus ortum vixit octingentis quindecim annis, et genuit filios et filias.

11 Factique sunt omnes dies Enos nongenti quinque anni, et mortuus est.

12 Vixit quoque Cainan septuaginta annis, et genuit Malaleel.

13 Et vixit Cainan, postquam genuit Malaleel, octingentis quadraginta annis, genuitque filios et filias.

14 Et facti sunt omnes dies Cainan nongenti decem anni, et mortuus est.

15 Vixit autem Malaleel sexaginta quinque annis, et genuit Jared.

16 Et vixit Malaleel, postquam genuit Jared, octingentis triginta annis, et genuit filios et filias.

17 Et facti sunt omnes dies Malaleel octingenti nonaginta quinque anni, et mortuus est.

18 Vixitque Jared centum sexaginta duobus annis, et genuit Henoch.

19 Et vixit Jared, postquam genuit Henoch, octingentis annis, et genuit filios et filias.

20 Et facti sunt omnes dies Jared nongenti sexaginta duo anni, et mortuus est.

21 Porro Henoch vixit sexaginta quinque annis, et genuit Mathusalam.

22 Et ambulavit Henoch cum Deo : et vixit, postquam genuit Mathusalam, trecentis annis, et genuit filios et filias.

23 Et facti sunt omnes dies Henoch trecenti sexaginta quinque anni.

24 Ambulavitque cum Deo, et non apparuit : quia tulit eum Deus.

25 Vixit quoque Mathusala centum octoginta septem annis, et genuit Lamech.

26 Et vixit Mathusala, postquam genuit Lamech, septingentis octoginta duobus annis, et genuit filios et filias.

27 Et facti sunt omnes dies Mathusala nongenti sexaginta novem anni, et mortuus est.

28 Vixit autem Lamech centum octoginta duobus annis, et genuit filium :

29 vocavitque nomen ejus Noë, dicens : Iste consolabitur nos ab operibus et laboribus manuum nostrarum in terra, cui maledixit Dominus.

30 Vixitque Lamech, postquam genuit Noë, quingentis nonaginta quinque annis, et genuit filios et filias.

31 Et facti sunt omnes dies Lamech septingenti septuaginta septem anni, et mortuus est. Noë vero cum quingentorum esset annorum, genuit Sem, Cham et 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).