“If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.”
King James Version (KJV)
4:22 From Tubal - Cain, probably the Heathen Vulcan came. Why Naamah is particularly named, we know not: probably they did, who lived when Moses wrote.
4:23 This passage is extremely obscure. We know not whom he slew, or on what occasion: neither what ground he had to be so confident of the Divine protection.
4:25 This is the first mention of Adam in the story of this chapter. No question the murder of Abel, and the impenitency and apostacy of Cain, were a very great grief to him and Eve, and the more because their own wickedness did now correct them, and their backsliding did reprove them. Their folly had given sin and death entrance into the world, and now they smarted by it, being by means thereof deprived of both their sons in one day, #Gen 27:45|. When parents are grieved by their children's wickedness, they should take occasion from thence to lament that corruption of nature which was derived from them, and which is the root of bitterness. But here we have that which was a relief to our first parents in their affliction, namely, God gave them to see the rebuilding of their family which was sorely shaken and weakened by that sad event. For, they saw their seed, another instead of Abel. And Adam called his name Seth - That is, Set, settled or placed, because in his seed mankind should continue to the end of time.
4:26 And to Seth was born a son called Enos, which is the general name for all men, and speaks the weakness, frailty, and misery of man's state. Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord - Doubtless God's name was called upon before, but now, 1. The worshippers of God began to stir up themselves to do more in religion than they had done; perhaps not more than had been done at first, but more than had been done since the defection of Cain. Now men began to worship God, not only in their closets and families, but in public and solemn assemblies. 2. The worshippers of God began to distinguish themselves: so the margin reads it. Then began men to be called by the name of the Lord, or, to call themselves by it. Now Cain and those that had deserted religion had built a city, and begun to declare for irreligion, and called themselves the sons of men. Those that adhered to God began to declare for him and his worship, and called themselves the sons of God.
If Cain shall bee auenged seuen fold, truely Lamech seuenty and seuen folde.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
If Cain is avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold."
- New American Standard Version (1995)
If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
- American Standard Version (1901)
If seven lives are to be taken as punishment for Cain's death, seventy-seven will be taken for Lamech's.
- Basic English Bible
If Cain shall be avenged seven-fold; Lemech seventy and seven fold.
- Darby Bible
If Cain shall be avenged seven-fold, truly Lamech seventy and seven-fold.
- Webster's Bible
If Cain will be avenged seven times, truly Lamech seventy-seven times."
- World English Bible
For sevenfold is required for Cain, And for Lamech seventy and sevenfold.'
- Youngs Literal Bible
If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible