Genesis 5:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 5:30, NIV: "After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 5:30, ESV: "Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 5:30, KJV: "And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:"

Genesis 5:30, NASB: "Then Lamech lived 595 years after he fathered Noah, and he fathered other sons and daughters."

Genesis 5:30, NLT: "After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived another 595 years, and he had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 5:30, CSB: "Lamech lived 595 years after he fathered Noah, and he fathered other sons and daughters."

What does Genesis 5:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As with most of the other men listed in this chapter, verses 30 and 31 describe Lamech as having additional children, and then passing away. According to the numbers given in this passage, Lamech lived 595 more years after Noah was born. Since we're told in Genesis 7:6 that Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters came on the earth, this means Lamech died just 5 years before the flood.

As with Methuselah, there is a sad aspect to reading about Lamech's many children. One way or another, only Noah, his wife, and their family would be rescued from the flood. The rest of Lamech's offspring will not survive. One also has to wonder how Lamech felt about the state of mankind. According to Genesis 6:5, the human race was rapidly decaying into horrific evil. And yet, men like Lamech had lived on earth at the same time as men like Adam and Seth. The contrast between these eras would have been especially clear to someone like him.