Genesis 5:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 5:23, NIV: "Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years."

Genesis 5:23, ESV: "Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years."

Genesis 5:23, KJV: "And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:"

Genesis 5:23, NASB: "So all the days of Enoch were 365 years."

Genesis 5:23, NLT: "Enoch lived 365 years,"

Genesis 5:23, CSB: "So Enoch's life lasted 365 years."

What does Genesis 5:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

According to this verse, all of the days of Enoch were 365 years. To this point, the youngest listed age at death has been 895 years old. What happened? The Bible gives no details, other than God was the one responsible, and Enoch did not die. The next verse will tell us what little there is to know. One important piece of information comes from what the Bible does not say about Enoch. All the prior men of Noah's heritage were described with the same basic information, including the concluding phrase, "and then he died." Physical death was the primary, and most obvious effect of the fall of man.

Enoch, however, will not be described using that phrase. Rather, as the next verse shows, he seems to have been taken, prior to death, by God directly. This is probably similar to what happened at the end of Elijah's ministry (2 Kings 2:9–12).