“Henoch, Methuselah, Lamech,”
King James Version (KJV)
1:1 Sheth - Adam begat Sheth: and so in the followingparticulars. For brevity sake he only mentions their names; but therest is easily understood out of the former books. This appears as thepeculiar glory of the Jewish nation, that they alone were able to tracetheir pedigree from the first man that God created, which no other nationpretended to, but abused themselves and their posterity with fabulousaccounts of their originals: the people of Thessaly fancying that theysprang from stones, the Athenians, that they grew out of the earth.
1:5 The sons of Japheh - The historian repeating the account of thereplenishing the earth by the sons of Noah, begins with those that werestrangers to the church, the sons of Japheth, who peopled Europe, ofwhom he says little, as the Jews had hitherto little or no dealings withthem. He proceeds to those that had many of them been enemies to thechurch, and thence hastens to the line of Abraham, breaking off abruptlyfrom all the other families of the sons of Noah, but that ofArphaxad, from whom Christ was to come. The great promise of theMessiah was transmitted from Adam to Seth, from him to Shem,from him to Eber, and so to the Jewish nation, who were intrustedabove all nations with that sacred treasure, 'till the promise wasperformed, and the Messiah was come: and then that nation was made nota people.