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GREEK: 2984 lamec Lamech
HEBREW: 3929 Kml Lemek
NAVE: Lamech
EBD: Lamech
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In Bible versions:

a son of Methuselah; the father of Noah; an ancestor of Jesus.
son of Methushael, a descendant of Cain
son of Methuselah

poor; made low


Strongs #2984: lamec Lamech

Lamech = "why thus with thee?: unto bringing low"

1) the father of Noah

2984 Lamech lam'-ekh

of Hebrew origin (3929); Lamech (i.e. Lemek), a patriarch:-Lamech.
see HEBREW for 03929


Strongs #03929: Kml Lemek

Lamech = "powerful"

1) the 5th lineal descendant from Cain, husband of Adah and Zillah,
father of sons, Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-cain, and daughter, Naamah
2) father of Noah

3929 Lemek leh'-mek

from an unused root of uncertain meaning; Lemek, the name of
two antediluvian patriarchs:-Lamech.

Lamech [EBD]

the strikerdown; the wild man. (1.) The fifth in descent from Cain. He was the first to violate the primeval ordinance of marriage (Gen. 4:18-24). His address to his two wives, Adah and Zillah (4:23, 24), is the only extant example of antediluvian poetry. It has been called "Lamech's sword-song." He was "rude and ruffianly," fearing neither God nor man. With him the curtain falls on the race of Cain. We know nothing of his descendants.

(2.) The seventh in descent from Seth, being the only son of Methuselah. Noah was the oldest of his several sons (Gen. 5:25-31; Luke 3:36).

Lamech [NAVE]

1. Father of Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-cain, Gen. 4:18-24.
2. Son of Methuselah, and father of Noah, lived 777 years, Gen. 5:25-31; 1 Chr. 1:3.
Ancestor of Jesus, Luke 3:36.


(powerful), properly Lemech.
  1. The fifth lineal descendant from Cain. (Genesis 4:18-24) He is the only one except Enoch, of the posterity of Cain, whose history is related with some detail. His two wives, Adah and Zillah, and his daughter Naamah, are, with Eve, the only antediluvian women whose names are mentioned by Moses. His three sons, Jabal, Jubal and Tubal-cain, are celebrated in Scripture as authors of useful inventions. The remarkable poem which Lamech uttered may perhaps be regarded as Lamech?s son of exultation on the invention of the sword by his son Tubal-cain, in the possession of which he foresaw a great advantage to himself and his family over any enemies.
  2. The father of Noah. (Genesis 5:29)


LAMECH - la'-mek (lemekh; Lamech, "a strong youth"?):

(1) The name is first mentioned in Gen 4:18-24. Here Lamech, the son of Methushael, is named as the last of the descendants of Cain. He was the father of Jabel, Jubal, Tubal-cain, and Naamah. As the husband of two wives, namely, Adah and Zillah, he furnishes the first recorded instance of polygamy. It is very instructive to note that this "father of polygamy" at once becomes the first blustering tyrant and a braggadocio; we are fully permitted to draw this conclusion from his so-called "swordlay" (Gen 4:23 f). He does not put his trust in God, but in the weapons and implements invented by his sons, or rather these instruments, enhancing the physical and material powers of man, are his God. He glories in them and misconstrues the Divine kindness which insured to Cain freedom from the revenge of his fellow-men.

(2) Another Lamech. is mentioned in Gen 5:25,28 (compare 1 Ch 1:3; Lk 3:36), the son of Methuselah and the father of Noah. His words (Gen 5:29) show the great difference between this descendant of Seth and the descendant of Cain. While the one is stimulated to a song of defiance by the worldly inventions of his sons, the other, in prophetical mood, expresses his sure belief in the coming of better times, and calmly and prayerfully awaits the period of comfort and rest which he expected to be ushered in by his son Noah.

William Baur

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