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Genesis 5:1-3 New English Translation (NET Bible)

From Adam to Noah

This is the record[a] of the family line[b] of Adam.

When God created humankind,[c] he made them[d] in the likeness of God. He created them male and female; when they were created, he blessed them and named them “humankind.”[e]

When[f] Adam had lived 130 years he fathered a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and he named him Seth.


  1. Genesis 5:1 tn Heb “book” or “roll.” Cf. NIV “written account”; NRSV “list.”
  2. Genesis 5:1 tn Heb “generations.” See the note on the phrase “this is the account of” in 2:4.
  3. Genesis 5:1 tn The Hebrew text has אָדָם (ʾadam).
  4. Genesis 5:1 tn Heb “him.” The Hebrew text uses the third masculine singular pronominal suffix on the accusative sign. The pronoun agrees grammatically with its antecedent אָדָם (ʾadam). However, the next verse makes it clear that אָדָם is collective here and refers to “humankind,” so it is preferable to translate the pronoun with the English plural.
  5. Genesis 5:2 tn The Hebrew word used here is אָדָם (ʾadam).
  6. Genesis 5:3 tn Heb “and Adam lived 130 years.” In the translation the verb is subordinated to the following verb, “and he fathered,” and rendered as a temporal clause.
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