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Holman Bible Dictionary
(lay' mehch) Personal name meaning “powerful.” The son of Methuselah and father of Noah (Genesis 4:18
; Genesis 5:25
). He had two wives, Adah and Zillah, whose sons are credited with the rise of the nomadic way of life, music, and metalworking. Lamech is blamed with beginning polygamy (or bigamy) and the increase of sinful pride in the earth. The Song of Lamech (Genesis 4:23-24
) is an ancient poem supporting unlimited revenge. Jesus may have had this in mind in teaching about unlimited forgiveness (Matthew 18:22
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Lamech'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/l/lamech.html. 1991.