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23 The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared[a] because God took[b] him away.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 5:24 tn The Hebrew construction has the negative particle אֵין (ʾen, “there is not,” “there was not”) with a pronominal suffix, “he was not.” Instead of saying that Enoch died, the text says he no longer was present.
  2. Genesis 5:24 sn The text simply states that God took Enoch. Similar language is used of Elijah’s departure from this world (see 2 Kgs 2:10). The text implies that God overruled death for this man who walked with him.

23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God;(A) then he was no more, because God took him away.(B)

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.(C)

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