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him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
A guilty conscience is a terrible whip to be secure; nor dare he trust to any and torment to the sinner, perpetually promises of protection, but distrusts lashing him with solicitous thoughts all, doubts, and is jealous of all.-and fears, that he knows not where Seneca.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 13 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. 19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20 And Adah bare Jabal : he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. 22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
Worldly things are the only things how to be merry, but nothing of God, that carnal wicked people set their or of his fear and service, among hearts upon, and are most ingenious them. We see here that even those and industrious about. So it was that are destitute of the knowledge with this impious race of cursed Cain. and grace of God, may yet be endued Here was a father of shepherds and with many excellent and useful accoma father of musicians, but not a father plishments, which may make them of the faithful. Here is one man famous and serviceable in their geneto teach in brass and iron, and none ration. Common gifts are given to to teach the good knowledge of the bad men, while God chooseth to HimLord. Here are devices how to be self the foolish things of the world.rich, and how to be mighty, and
M. Henry. 23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
Lamech seems have taken encou- towards him. Thus one sinner takes ragement from the Divine forbearance liberty to sin from the suspension of towards Cain, and to have presumed judgment towards another. (Eccles. that God would be still more forbearing viii. 11.)-A. Fuller.
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth; For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
The church of God on earth began God; but when the number increased, in a family, and so did the worship of the worship of God became more public.
• Then began men,' &c.; that is, they began publicly. Seth and others of the religious seed began to have their
holy assemblies for the service of God. We may regard this event as the first "religious revival.'—Gurnall.
CHAP. V. THIS is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that
God created man, in the likeness of God made he him ; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
The distinction between Adam cre. nant. Thus he communicated to them ated in the likeness of God, and Seth that nature which he had as a sinner, begotten in the likeness of Adam after not the new nature which he had as a the fall, is very remarkable. It is believer.--Scott. generally allowed that Adam and Eve Observe that grace does not run in were personally pardoned and recovered the blood, but corruption doth. А to holiness; but Adam was no longer sinner begets a sinner, but a saint does the representative of his posterity, as not beget a saint.-M. Henry. he was when he transgressed the cove
* And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: 5 And all the days that Adamı lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
The place of his sepulchre is not à mountain. St. Jerome affirms that mentioned in Scripture, yet various his remains were laid in the cave of conjectures have been formed upon Machpelah; and the generality of the the subject. Thus the oriental Chris- primitive fathers suppose him to have tians affirm that he was embalmed been buried on Mount Calvary, in the by four of his descendants, and de- very spot upon which Christ, the sea posited, according to his own desire, cond Adam, voluntarily suffered for in a certain cave on the summit of our salvation.-Dr. Mavor.
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: ? And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: 8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: 10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters : 11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died. 12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel: 18 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. 18 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.
On casting our eye along the page not seen fit to point out the distinof sacred history, we find the great guishing features of each character, proportion of our early race passed either for encouragement or for warnover in silence. Of the vast majo- ing, He has, notwithstanding, set His rity, the name is not even recorded ; mark on certain individuals as beaand of those whose names are men- cons and monitors, and has signalized tioned, little more is stated regarding others as objects of special interest them but merely that they lived and and regard. Here and there a name died. Without doubt, in these days, is mentioned which appears as a star as in our own, there were many who of the first magnitude in the spiritual served God in their generation, and firmament, whose beauty and lustre many too who were characterised by challenge universal admiration, and their forgetfulness of God and their to whom the eyes of all are specially profligacy of manners; for, from the directed. And Enoch is one of these earliest ages, the tares and the wheat bright examples.-Rev. Dr. Thomas have been blended, and allowed to Brown. grow together. But although God has
a1 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.
V. 22. Walking with God implies : love Him supremely. 5. To walk with 1. A state of reconciliation and friend- God is to live devoted to His will and ship with God. (Amos iii. 3.) 2. An service.-Rev. Dr. Thomas Brown. habitual being as in the Divine pre- Man in his best state is altogether
3. Familiarity of intercourse vanity. He is born, raises up a family, and communion with Him. 4. To and dies! These are his memoirs : all walk with God supposes the highest else is a cipher or a blot, except he esteem and affection towards Him; walks with God.-Scott. walk with God we never can unless we
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.
V. 24. To walk with God' is a word one who is next to an angel or a gloriso high, that I should have feared the fied soul. It is a far more reverend guilt of arrogance in using it, if I had object in mine eye than ten thousand not found it in the holy Scriptures. It lords or princes, considered only in is a word that importeth so high and their fleshly glory. It is a wiser action boly a frame of mind, and expresseth for people to run and crowd together such high and holy actions, that the to see a man that walks with God, than naming of it striketh my heart with to see the pompous train of princes, reverence, as if I heard the voice to their entertainments or their triumphs. Moses, Put off thy shoes from thy Oh happy man that walks with God, feet, for the place whereon thou stand- though neglected and contemned by est is holy ground. Methinks he that all about him! What blessed sights shall say to me, Come see a man that doth be daily see! what ravishing mewalks with God, doth call me to see lody doth be daily hear! what delecta
ble food doth he daily taste! He sees he was only a sovereign prince in by faith in God the glory which the India; but on account of his unparblessed spirits above see by nearest alleled sanctity God had taken him up intuition.-Baxter.
to heaven alive.'-Christian Witness. Gód took him. Burder says the It is possible that the translation following singular tradition may possi- of holy Enoch might be conferred, in bly have some reference to the trans- order to show what would have been lation of Enoch: "The Kalmucks, common to all, had man persisted in among other idols, worship in a pecu- his obedience- a translation from liar manner one which they call Xaca- the earthly to the heavenly paradise. muni. They say that 4,000 years ago -4. Fuller.
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech : 26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: 27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
Methuselah’ is a prophetical name, Though the stroke of death was slow and signifies, 'He dieth and water is in its approach, yet it was sure. If sent forth.' And so it will intimate man could live to a thousand years, that Enoch, foreseeing the deluge, yet he must die; and if he die in sin gave his son this name; by which he will be accursed !-A. Fuller. he proved himself a prophet, as well It is reported of one, that, hearing as a preacher of righteousness. See this chapter read, so long lived, and Jude 14, 15. It is remarkable that this yet the burden still, they died, Enos Methuselah died the very year in which lived 905, and he died, Seth 912, and the flood came.-Orton.
he died, Methuselah 969, and he died, Thus we see that the longest liver he took so deep the thought of death that ever lived carried death in his
and eternity, that it changed his whole name, that he might be admonished of frame, and converted him from a voits coming surely, though it came slow- luptuous to a most strict and pious ly.-M. Henry.
course of life. How small a word will Notwithstanding the longevity of do much, when God sends it into the the antediluvians, it is recorded of heart!-Leighton. them all, in their turn, that they died.
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. 80 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
There is hardly a child born into discoveries which afford immediate the world, on whom the parents do pleasure, and which suggest future not look with some pleasing expec- hopes. Their words, their actions, tation that it shall conifort them their very looks touch us, if they be concerning their labour.' This makes amiable and promising children, in a the toil of education easy and delight- tender but very powerful manner; their ful; and truly it is very early that we little arms twine about our hearts ; begin to find a sweetness in it, which and there is something more penetratabundantly repays all the fatigue. Five, ing in their first broken accents of or four, or three, or two years make endearment, than in all the pomp
and ornament of words. Every in- genius, and of temper, serves but to fant year increases the pleasure and point and to poison the arrow, which nourishes the hope. But Ö! who shall is drawn out of our own quiver to teach those that have never felt it, wound us. Vain, delusive, transitory how it tears the very soul when God joys! And such, O my soul,' will roots up the tender plant with an in- the Christian say, 'such are thine exorable hand, and withers the bud in earthly comforts in every child, in which the colours were beginning to every relative, in every possession of glow? Where is now our delight ? life! Let me then, once for all, diIs it in the coffin? Is it in the grave? rect mine eyes to another and a better Alas! all the loveliness of person, of state.'-Doddridge.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The word · Shem' signifies a name. above every name. In putting Shem In Shem's posterity the name of God here first, Christ was ineffect put first, was always to remain, till He should who in all things must have the precome out of his loins whose Name is eminence.-M. Henry.
CHAP. VI. ND it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of
the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
That which was the first occasion into the heart; that soul can never of sin was the occasion of the increase be in safety that hath not covenanted of sin. A woman seduced Adam; with the eyes.—Bp. Hall. women betray the sons of God; One would have thought the sons the beauty of the fruit betrayed the of God should have looked for grace woman; the beauty of these women in the heart, rather than beauty in the betrayed this holy seed. Eve saw and face; but we see even they sometimes lusted, so did they: this also was a turn in at the fairest sign, without forbidden fruit; they lusted, tasted, much inquiring what grace is to be sinned, died. Most sins begin at the found dwelling within.-Gurnall. eyes; by them commonly Satan creeps
3 And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
God's striving with sinners is in *Because thou hast so great a mind love, not in wrath, as if one, seeing to gain the day, and to deliver thyself another ready to offer violence to him- from under the power of my grace, get self, should strive to get the knife out that unhappy victory and perish by it.” of his hand, with which he would do -Howe. the mischief: or as if one that hath a The time of God's patience and forpurse of gold in his hand to give, bearance towards provoking sinners is should follow another with all manner sometimes long, but always limited. of entreaties, striving with him to ac- Reprieves are not pardons; though cept and take it. Such a kind of strife God bear a little while, He will not is this of the Spirit with men.—Gur- bear always.-M. Henry. nall.
Take heed, therefore, reader, how When God resolves to strive no more, you use the Spirit when He comes 'tis as if He should say to the sinner, knocking at the door of your heart: