Friday, September 24, 2010

The City Of Enoch - Genesis 4:17-19

Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son. (Genesis 4:17)
The first city mentioned in Scripture was constructed by an unrepentant murderer. Cain named the city after his son, Enoch (note that this is not the Enoch in Genesis 5:24 who walked with God, also, for more information on Cain's wife click here).

Although Scripture says little concerning The City of Enoch, it is clear that the city was built on a godless foundation. The founder of the city was Cain himself! The City Of Enoch marked the beginning of man's foolish attempt to create a utopian society without God. It marked the expansion of the lineage of Cain, who was of the evil one (John 3:12). One can only wonder what role this city played in promoting all sorts of wickedness. Perhaps by the time of the great flood, the City of Enoch had grown to such a size (and such a level of wickedness) that it played a major role in God deciding to blot out almost all of humanity (see The Pre-Flood World Soon To Be Blotted Out).

The account of the construction of the City of Enoch is followed by a short genealogy:
Now to Enoch was born Irad, and Irad became the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael became the father of Methushael, and Methushael became the father of Lamech. Lamech took to himself two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other, Zillah. (Genesis 4:18-19)
Only a rough estimate (100 to 500 years) of the time which elapsed between the births of Cain and Lamech can be given. Nothing in the passage indicates whether the mentioned sons were firstborns. If they were all firstborns, it seems reasonable to assume that only 20 years passed between each of their births. However, it is also very possible that these sons were not all firstborns (for more information on this see When Was Seth Born?).

It seems this genealogy was likely included in order to establish a connection between Cain's evil actions and Lamech's evil actions. As Cain was the first recorded murderer in human history, so Lamech was the first recorded person to practice polygamy (Lamech, like Cain, was also a murderer).

Lamech's wives bore him three famous sons: Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-cain. The accomplishments of each of these sons are discussed in Genesis 4:20-22.

Related Posts:
The Cave Men of Genesis - Genesis 4
Who Was Cain's Wife? - Genesis 4:17
Age of the Earth - The Christian Worldview
What Does the Bible Say About Polygamy? - Genesis 4:19
Psalm 1:5 - Temporal Foundations

11 comments:

  1. Jabal, Jubal and Tubal-cain were later claimed to be Vulcan Gods and are still mentioned in the history of the Masons. According to Masonic history, a man name Michah worked for King Solomon on the first Jewish temple. Michah did not worship Yod Hey Vav Hey and was constantly in argument with Solomon over the decoration of the temple. He then to prove a point, jumped into a vat of molten gold. Instead of dieing, he assended into Sheile and met Tubal-cain who gave him his hammer. When he assended back to earth, he left Isreal with the Queen of Sheba where he started the Mason cult. Tubal-cain is the Statue in Russia of the man turning the sword to plowshear also depicted as Thor.

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    1. Woah...where did THAT come from?

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  2. Enoch was highly favoured by God. Maybe his good influence caused it to be a good city?

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    1. I believe you are thinking of the Enoch in Genesis 5:21-24 who walked with God. That Enoch was the son of Jared. But the Enoch that the City of Enoch was named after was the son of Cain.

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  3. Enoch was the son of Cain, same Enoch from Genesis. Cain was cursed to give him time to repent. Just read the books of enoch, its all there.

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    1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2013

      Incorrect. There were two Enoch's. One was the son of Cain, this is whom the city in discussion was named after. The other Enoch was the son of Jared, this Enoch walked with God and is responsible for the Enochian Scripture you write of.

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    2. Correct you have it right there were two Enoch's in the Bible...In fact Cain named many of his descendants after Adam's Bloodline I Believe it's Satan's attempt to deceive people..Being that Cain is Satan's Bloodline and not Adam's it make sense..

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  4. AnonymousJune 16, 2015

    Satan's bloodline? Yeah, right... the Old Testament never mentions Satan, except once - in the story of Job. And even there it is not THE Satan we know from Christian mythology or the NT. Sadly enough, mankind doesn't need Satan to do deeds.

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    1. AnonymousJune 16, 2015

      to do EVIL deeds, is what I meant to say of course

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  5. Um, wrong Enoch, keep reading in the same chapter. The city of Zion was led by the next Enoch mentioned, not the lineage of Cain.

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  6. AnonymousJuly 16, 2016

    Cain was the son of the DEVIL not AWDAWM!

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