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tion of the thoughts of his heart thou shalt make it of: the length was only evil continually.

of the ark shall be three hundred · 6 And it repented the LORD that cubits, the breadth of it fifty he had made man on the earth, cubits, and the height of it thirty and it grieved him at his heart. cubits,

7 And the LORD said, I will 16 A window shalt thou make destroy man, whom I have created, to the ark, and in a cubit shalt from the face of the earth, both * thou finish it above; and the door man and beast, and the creeping of the ark shalt thou set in the thing, and the fowls of the air: side thereof: with lower, second, for it repenteth me that I have and third stories shalt thou make it. made them :

17 And behold, I, even I do 8 But Noah found grace in the bring a flood of waters upon the eyes of the LORD.

earth to destroy all flesh, wherein 9 These are the generations of is the breath of life, from under Noah: Noah was a just man and heaven : and every thing that is in perfect in his $ generations, and the earth shall die. . . Noah walked with God.

18 But with thee will I establish 10 And Noah begat three sons, my covenant: and thou shalt come Shem, Ham, and Japhoth.

into the ark; thou, and thy sons, 11 The I earth also was corrupt and thy wife, and thy sons' wives before God, and the earth was with thee. filled with violence.

19 And of every living thing of 12 And God looked upon the all flesh, two of every sort shalt earth, and behold it was corrupt: thou bring into the ark, to keep for all flesh had corrupted his them alive with thee: they shall way upon the earth.

be male and female. 13 And God said unto Noah, 20 Of fowls after their kind, The end of all flesh is come before and of cattle after their kind, of me; for the earth is filled with every creeping thing of the earth violence through them: and behold, after his kind : two of every sort I will destroy them with the earth. shall come unto thee, to keep them

14 | Make thee an ark of alive. gopher-wood : || rooms shalt thou 21 And take thou unto thee of make in the ark, and shalt pitch all food that is eaten, and thou it within and without with pitch. shalt gather it to thee, and it shall

15 And this is the fashion which be for food for thee, and for them.

Ver. 1,-4. These sons of God, and mighty men, and inen of renown. Aben Ezra observes, chat, by “ the sons of God,” are to be understood, the sons of the princes or judges, who administered justice in the land, in the name of God: And so says Rabbi Solomon Jarchi; but Abarbanel observes, that the sons of God, were the descendents of Seth; and the daughters of men, the descendants of Cain.—I do not pretend to determine what is meant here; yet it is probable, that the Atlas, Jupiter, &c. of the fabulous writers, took their rise from them. : And they took them wives of all which they chose : there must, we should from hence infer, have been something criminal in their choice, but what it was we cannot tell. "

'. Heb. From man unto beast i This is in the plural, although it ought properly to be in the singular; but the obvious meaning of the passage is, that during his long life he saw several generations, in all of which, notwithstanding their wickedness, he was nevertheless “ a just man”

I This is to be understood of the inhabitants of the earth, as in Genesis, chap. xli. ver. 57, agreeable to the idiom of the Hebrew language, to shew the excess of their wickedness,

il The common translation gopher-wood, is wrong; for yy is in the plural number, and means rather pines or firs, that is, the wood of which pitch is made; and 79 is derived from noba, which is a sort of bitumen, or pitch; and it is probably, the same as 70), for the 3 and the 3 are often put in Hebrew indifferently, as we find 9700 and 1720 to have the same meaning: it should therefore be translated pitch-wood. - Dyp is the plural of 1P, a nest, and it means to express stalls, or folds, or proper partitions for all sorts of beasts, birds, &c.

Meaning a body of water gushing forth from heaven, so as to cause an immediate inundation,

מַחְשְׁבֶת לִבּוֹ רַק רַע כָּל־הַיּוֹם: 6 וַיִּנָּחֶם יְהוָה כִּי־עָשָׂה אֶת־הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ וַיִּתְעַצֵב אֶל־לִבּוֹ : 7 וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶמְחֶה אֶת־הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר־בָּרָאתִי מֵעַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה מֵאָדָם עַד־בְּהֵמָהעַד־רֶמֶשׂ וְעַד־עוֹף הַשָּׁמָיִם כִּי נִחַמְתִּי

כִּי עֲשִׂיתִם : 8 וְנֹחַ מָצָא חֵן בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה :

סדר נח 9 אֵלֶה תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה

בְּדָרְתָיו אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים הִתְהַלֶּךְ־נְחַ: 10 וַיּוֹלֶד נֹחַ י שְׁלֹשָׁה בָנִים אֶת־שָׁם אֶת־חָם וְאֶת־יָפֶת: 11 וַתִּשָּׁחֵת

הָאֶרֶץ לִפְנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים וַתִּמָּלֵא הָאָרֶץ חָמָס: 12 וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָרֶץ וְהִנֵּה נִשְׁחָתָה כִּי־הִשְׁחִית כָּל בָּשָׂר אֶת־דַּרְכּוֹ עַל־הָאָרֶץ : ס 13 וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים לְנֹחַ קֵץ כָּל־בָּשָׂר בָּא לְפָנַי כִּי־מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ חָמָס מִפְּנֵיהֶם וְהִנְנִי מַשְׁחִיתָם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ:14 עֲשֵׂה לְךְ תֵּבַת עֲצֵי־־נֹפֶר קִנִּים תַּעֲשֶׂה אֶת־הַתֵּבָהוְכָפַרְתָּ אֹתָהּ מִבַּיִת וּמִחוּץ בַּכְּפֶר: 15 וְזֶה אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה אֹתָהּ שִׁלְשׁ מֵאוֹת אַמָּה אֹרֶךְ הַתֵּבָה חֲמִשִׁים אַמָּה רָחְבָּהּ וּשְׁלֹשִׁים אַמָּה קוֹמָתָהּ : 16 צְהַר תַּעֲשֶׂה לַתֵּבָה וְאֶל־אַמָּה תְּכַלֶנָּה מִלְמַעְלָה וּפְתַח הַתֵּבָה בְּצֶדֶה תָּשִׂים תַּחְתִּים שְׁנַיִם וּשְׁלֹשִׁים תַּעֲשֶׂהָ:17 וַאֲנִי הִנְנִי מֵבִיא אֶת־הַמַּבּוּל מַיִם עַל־הָאָרֶץ לְשַׁחֵת כָּל־בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר־־בּוֹ רוּחַ חַיִּים מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמָיִם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־בָּאָרֶץ יִגְרֶעַ: 18 וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־ בְּרִיתִי אִתָּךְ וּבָאתָ אֶל־הַתֵּבָה אַתָּה וּבָנֶיךְ וְאִשְׁתְּךָ וּנְשֵׁי־בָנֶיךָ אִתָּךְ:19 וּמִכָּל־הָחַי מִכָּל־בָּשָׂר שְׁנַיִם מִכָּל תָּבִיא אֶל־הַתֵּבָה לְהַחֲיִת אִתָּךְ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה יִהְיוּ : 20 מֵהָעֲוֹף לְמִינֵהוּ וּמִן־־הַבְּהֵמָה לְמִינָהּ מִכָּל רֶמֶשׂ הָאֲדָמָה לְמִינֵהוּ שְׁנַיִם מִכָּל יָבאוּ אֵלֶיךְ לְהַחֲיוֹת : 21 וְאַתָּהקַח־לְךָ מִכָּל־מַאֲכָל אֲשֶׁר יֵאָכֵל וְאָסַפְתָּ אֵלֶיךָ

huned he begaoch walked othuselah.

19 And Jared lived after he and five years, and begat sons and begat Enoch eight hundred years, daughters. and begat sons and daughters. 31 And all the days of Lamech

20 And all the days of Jared were seven hundred seventy and were nine hundred sixty and two seven years : and he died. years : and he died.

32 And Noah was five hundred 21 | And Enoch lived sixty and years old : and Noah begat Shent, five years, and begat Methuselah. Ham, and Japheth. $ 22 And Enoch walked with God

| CHAP. VI.. after he begat Methuselah, three 1 The wickedness of the world hundred years, and begat sons causeth the flood. 8 Noah findeth and daughters.

grace. 14 The order, form, and 23 And all the days of Enoch

end of the ark. were three hundred sixty and five years.

AND it came to pass when men 24 And Enoch walked with God, began to multiply on the face of and he was not : for God took him. the earth, and daughters were

25 | And Methuselah lived an born unto them. hundred eighty and seven years, 2 That the sons of God saw the and begat Lamech.

daughters of men, that they were 26 And Methuselahlived after fair; and they took them wives he begat Lamech seven hundred of all which they chose. eighty and two years, and begat 3 And the LORD said, My spirit

shall not always strive with man, 27 And all the days of Methu- for that he also is flesh: yet his selah were nine hundred sixty and days shall be an hundred and nine years : and he died.

twenty years. 28° 9 And Lamech lived an 4 There were giants in the earth hundred eighty and two years, in those days; and also after that, and begat a son. *

when the sons of God came in unto 29 And he called his name Noah, the daughters of men, and they saying, This same shall comfort bare children to them, the same us concerning our work, and toil became mighty men, which were of our hands, because of theground of old, men of renown which the LORD hath cursed.

5 f And God saw that the 30 And Lamech "lived after he wickedness of man was great in begat Noah five hundred ninety the earth, and that every imagina

eight and daughter days of

ascribed to their abstemious manner of life, in the natural way; it niay be proper' tu enquire, why none of the others did not obtain the secret art of longevity. He attempts also to give another solution, and to which the learned Abarbanel replies, and endeavours to defend Maimonidės; but the consideration of the whole, would lead me far beyond the limits alotted in these notes.

• In the Hebrew it is jb a son: and as this expression is not used by any of the others, it ought to be enquired why this distinction to which I think it may be answered, that 13 is derived from ma to build: A Tid therefore Jarchi' observes, that from 13 this son, which was Noah, the postdeluvian world was built : i. e, they all sprang from this very son,

o There are two questions arising from this verse, which cannot be satisfactorily answered, namely, First, Whettier Noah had already these three sons when he was 500 years old, or if then the first of them was born .-2aly, Whether they were born in the order that Scripture names them? or whether a preference is not given to Shemi because of the honour he had that Abraham sprang from hiat.

THE CHRONOLOGICAL ACCOUNT:
Years old. A. M.

Years old 130. Seth was born, - - Adam being 130 6 82. Enoch' was born - Jared being'• 168 235. Enos,-....... Seth ..... 105 687. Methuselah, ... Enoch .... 65 325. Cainar,-..... Eros « ... 90 874, Lamecht,. ..Methusefäh - 187 395. Mahalaleel,-... Cainan a.

1056. Noah. ...... Lamech - -"- 182 460. Jared, ...... Mahalaleel -. 65

Note.The expression, AND HE DIED, concludes the narrative of every person mentionel in thi chapter, except that of Enoch, who seems to have followed the path of virtue: arid no niention made of his death, but only that he was no more, for God had taken him.

A.M.

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