Daily Bible Reading “The Generations of Adam” (Genesis 5:1-11)

Genesis 5 GenealogyThe Generations of Adam

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Genesis 5:1-11. Genesis chapter 5 is a record of the descendants of Adam, the first man. God created man in His likeness and called him Adam. God created both man and woman; and blessed them, when they were created.

Adam lived 130 years, and had a son in his own likeness, after his image; and named him Seth. Adam lived 800 years after he fathered Seth. Adam also had more sons and daughters. Adam lived a total of nine 930 years before he died.

Seth was 105 years old when he had Enos, whose name means “man.” Seth lived 807 years after he had Enos, and fathered more sons and daughters. Seth lived a total of 912 years before he died.

Enos was 90 years old when he had Cainan, whose name means “possession.” Enos lived 815 years after he had Cainan, and had more sons and daughters. Enos lived a total 905 years before he died. We will continue this list in the next lesson.

It’s amazing to see those who had children at 100 years old or older and lived to be hundreds of years old. It is hard for us to imagine such in our day and time. Some biblical scholars believe that God’s original intention for mankind was to live to be up to 1000 years old before the fall of mankind.

When genealogies are listed in the Bible, they don’t include all the people who were born during this time. The point of these lists is to highlight certain names.

Notice that even though we know from previous Scripture that Adam and Eve had at least two other sons, Cain and Abel, before Seth was born, they are not mentioned in this Scripture.

The object of the genealogies in the Bible is to show the blood line of Jesus Christ starting with the descendants of Adam, then Abraham, then David, and finally leading up to Jesus.

The only other place that the list of genealogies is addressed like it is in Genesis chapter 5 is in Matthew chapter 1, where it begins, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Some biblical scholars refer to Jesus as the second Adam.


Daily Bible Reading:

Genesis 5:1-11

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:

7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:

8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.

9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:

10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:

11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.


Things to think about:

  • Can you imagine what it would be like to children at 100 years old or older?
  • Can you imagine living to be hundreds of years old?
  • Are there any names you recognize so far in this list? If so, which ones?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this passage and look at the descendants of Adam we marvel at their longevity. It is hard for us to imagine living that long in this day and age. We thank You, LORD for the time we do have here on this earth. Help us to use our time wisely and to share the gospel with others all the days of our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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