These are the sons of Japhet, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech.
For that generation did not have the Word; how, then, could Lamech be believed to have been a prophet?
The precarious nature of all godless civilisation and the real tendency of self-sufficing pride are shown in Lamech.
Lamech hoped, in addition, for the restoration of the former state.
All the Old Testament heroes, from Lamech downwards, were polygamists.
When Cain falls, Lamech appeals to his servant, to know what is it that he has shot.
They were those of Lamech's wives: those of Cain and Abel are not called by their names.
We find this peculiar structure as far back as the address of Lamech to his wives in Gen. iv.
A steersman full-sufficient for the ark of the Church among the waves of the world, like Noah son of Lamech.
The wives of Lamech have another signification, different from that which I am now pressing.
the strikerdown; the wild man. (1.) The fifth in descent from Cain. He was the first to violate the primeval ordinance of marriage (Gen. 4:18-24). His address to his two wives, Adah and Zillah (4:23, 24), is the only extant example of antediluvian poetry. It has been called "Lamech's sword-song." He was "rude and ruffianly," fearing neither God nor man. With him the curtain falls on the race of Cain. We know nothing of his descendants. (2.) The seventh in descent from Seth, being the only son of Methuselah. Noah was the oldest of his several sons (Gen. 5:25-31; Luke 3:36).