While nothing is said of the uprightness of Noah’s wife, whose name we do not know, his three sons whose names are given, and their wives who are unnamed, all of them must have shared the righteousness God commended in Noah (7:1), otherwise they would not have been saved by water (1 Peter 3:20). They were among the uncorrupted flesh and were included in the divine invitation, “Come thou and all thy house into the ark.” As Noah was 600 years old when the Flood came (Genesis 7:6), he had had a long life walking with God. He had endured much scorn from the ungodly as he went on building the ark, and preaching righteousness, calling on the ungodly to repent before judgment fell. During all those trying years, and in the tremendous venture of going into the ark with all its living cargo, Noah’s wife must have been a source of great encouragement to him. In his sons and their wives he found those in full sympathy with his faith and witness, and thus became the source of a new race on a purified earth. All the nations of the earth sprang from the children of the nameless wives of Shem, Ham and Japheth, who bore their children after they settled again upon the earth (Genesis 9:8, 9).
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