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Genesis 4:18-20 New English Translation (NET Bible)

18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of[a] Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

19 Lamech took two wives for himself; the name of the first was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the first[b] of those who live in tents and keep[c] livestock.


  1. Genesis 4:18 tn Heb “and Irad fathered.”
  2. Genesis 4:20 tn Heb “father.” In this passage the word “father” means “founder,” referring to the first to establish such lifestyles and occupations.
  3. Genesis 4:20 tn The word “keep” is not in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation. Other words that might be supplied instead are “tend,” “raise” (NIV), or “have” (NRSV).
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