This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 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, and after his image; and called his name Seth:
4 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 Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
7 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.
9 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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The beginning of Genesis Chapter 5 seems to me to establishing a link between Adam the man that the Lord made in His own image to all the people that were to come.
The last chapter told us that Adam’s son Seth was the son given him in place of Abel, the son who had been murdered. Now we see that Adam was 130 years old when his son Seth was born and we learn that Seth was the image of his father. As Adam was in turn the image of his creator, the Lord, we see how creation is continued from generation to generation.
In those days, the perfect creation made by the perfect Creator was unmarred. Due to the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, all men were condemned to die at some point, but God gave these early people many years of life. While we are given the direct lineage of God’s people in these passages, surely those known as “sons and daughters” were also marrying and establishing families and the population of people made in the image of God was ever increasing.
– Betty Killebrew
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