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Noah (nô'ah), rest. Genesis 6:8. The son of Lamech and grandson of Methuselah. Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. In consequence of the hopeless wickedness of the world at this time, God resolved to destroy it. During this age of almost universal apostasy we are told that Noah was a righteous man and perfect in his generations—i.e., among his contemporaries—and that he, like Enoch, walked with God. Genesis 6:9. Peter calls him "a preacher of righteousness." 2 Peter 2:5. He had three sons, each of whom married a wife; he built the ark in accordance with divine direction; and was 600 years old when the flood came. Genesis 6:7. On coming from the ark he built an altar, made an offering, and received a promise that the world should never again be destroyed by a flood. Genesis 8:20. The closing history in his eventful life of 950 years is given in Genesis 9:1-29. Noah was to be the father of a new race. From his small family the earth was to be repeopled. And 350 years did he live among his posterity, a monument of God's justice and God's faithfulness. One more incident is related of him. Genesis 9:20-27. He planted a vine and drank, knowingly or not we cannot say, too freely of the fruit of it. A shameful scene ensued. But the patriarch recovered, and in the spirit of prophecy predicted happiness to his faithful sons, judgment to the ungodly. "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." The days of Noah were 950 years when he died.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Noah'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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