And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Notice the three distinctions in this patriarchal prophet.
I. HIS distinguished PIETY - walking with God; faith giving him knowledge, confidence in God, enjoyment of God.
II. HIS comparatively SHORT LIFE, and therefore speedy deliverance from the imperfection and suffering of this world, though his son lived the longest antediluvian life, and perhaps was a disciple of his father, teaching his doctrine. Those who "initiate (Enoch) great moral movements are seldom long-lived men.
III. His distinguished END - translation. God took him because he loved him. The anticipation of the resurrection was itself a prophecy. The seventh from Adam is taken to heaven without death, though all the rest died, however long they lived, as though to vivify the promise of the redeeming seed. It seems better to supply the word died" rather than "was." "And he died not; for God took him - referring to the common formula of the patriarchal history, and he died." Walking with God is walking to God. Those who are like Enoch in their life will not be very different from him in their end; for the peace and triumph of a good man's end is little short of translation. The first of the prophets is thus gloriously signalized. Was it not like a special blessing from the beginning of the world on the life of consecrated ministration to God? Walking with God may be the description of any kind of service, but especially of the prophets." - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.