Are there two Lamechs in Genesis? If so, what does each Lamech do?

 

Lamech is a person in Cain's genealogy in the 4th chapter of the Book of Genesis. He is the sixth-generation descendant of Cain (Genesis 4:18); his father was named Methusael, he is the first polygamist mentioned in the Bible, taking two wives, Adah and Zillah (Tselah).

 

Lamech is the eighth generation descendant of Adam “And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech” - (Genesis 5:25),

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He is the son of Methuselah and the father of Noah “And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed”. - (Genesis 5:29),

 

 

In the genealogy of Seth in Genesis 5, Lamech was a son of Methuselah who was a grandson of Jared who was a grandson of Kenan descended from Adam.

 

Genesis 5:12-25

12 And Cainan lived seventy years and begat Mahalaleel:

13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:

14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.

15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:

16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:

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

18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

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

21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

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

23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.

 

Genesis 5:28-31 records that Lamech was 182 years old at the birth of Noah and lived for another 595 years, and was 777 years old when he died, five years before the Flood in the Masoretic chronology. In this genealogical account, Adam would still have been alive for the first 56 years of Lamech's life.

 

Genesis 5:28-31

28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.

30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.

 

The short answer to the question is there is only ONE Lamech based on Biblical accounts.

 

Cains line prior to the flood.

  • Adam

  • Cain

  • Enoch

  • Irad

  • Mehujael

  • Methusael

  • Lamech

  • Tubal-cain

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