First Polygamist

Lamech Descendant of Cain In Genesis 4:23 KJV, Lamech called his wives to listen to his great valor – “I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt”. Lamech did not stop there. He added “If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold” (Genesis 4:24 KJV).

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Lamech is a descendant of Cain (illustrated)

The Bible does not mention who Lamech slew nor the reason he slew a man. One belief is that Lamech’s action displayed no fear of God or any man. This could have been the reason the name Lamech held the meaning “strike down” or “wild man”. However, there are other interpretations of this verse. Some say that Lamech accidentally killed a man. Some say that it was a form of self-defense – “I have slain a man to my wounding”. This is why Lamech is so confident that God will protect him since Cain was protected by God and Cain intentionally murdered his brother Abel. Surely God would offer even more protection to Lamech if he accidentally killed a man or killed in self-defense.

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1 thought on “First Polygamist

  1. Once God passed sentence on Cain, Cain stated that they would kill him on the outside. But, God put a mark on his forehead and said, ” If anybody killed Cain, God would seek revenge on the killer 7 times.” I.e, once God does a thing, nobody can go behind him and change it. Cain’s sentence was to be a vagabond for 7 years and could not farm the land for sustenance for 7 years. You have no right to go behind God and pass a harsher penalty or less of a penalty.

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