And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
It is said that the striking thing in this chapter is the painful repetition of the words, "and he died." In a popular magazine some years ago there appeared an article, "An Hour Among the Tombstones," in which the writer gives the following: — "In memory of Richard B — , who died August 1, 18 — . He was for many years an inhabitant of this parish." Was he? Well most people are "inhabitants" of some "parish"; and if they live long enough, and are not over fidgety, of the same parish for "many years." That is little enough to say of Richard B — . But what sort of an "inhabitant" was he? Cross and surly, miserly and close-fisted, selfish and ungodly; or, a good man, fearing his God, and blessing his neighbour? Good stone mason, come hither. You have written too much or too little. Either cut out what is on yonder stone, or else cut in something more creditable to him "who was for many years an inhabitant of this parish."
Parallel VersesKJV: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.