Women of the Word: Lamech’s Daughters


Lamech’s daughters are mentioned early in the Bible, in Genesis 5. Specifically, verses 28-31 read:

And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.

Several subsequent chapters give an account of the Flood and how only one of Lamech’s children, Noah, was saved. Lamech’s other children all perished with the rest of humanity in that Flood. Why were Lamech’s daughters not saved along with their brother, Noah?

1. Lamech’s daughters did not walk with God. When God looked upon the earth, He found it corrupt and filled with violence. Every imagination and thought that people had was one of evil. God was saddened that He had made humankind, so He determined to destroy it. No one did what was right, no one…except for Noah. Noah is described as a “just man and perfect in his generations” and one who “walked with God.” Because of his good behavior amid so much corruption, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and God provided a way for him and his family to survive the Flood.

Instead of following the good example of their older brother and doing what was right in God’s eyes, Lamech’s daughters found it easier to blend in with the evil going on around them. They were a part of the problem, a part of the reason why God decided to Flood the earth. They did not walk with God, and as a result, they did not find grace in the eyes of the Lord. Instead of being saved from the Flood, they perished in the Flood.

It is easier to blend in by doing what everyone else is doing, even though it may be wrong, instead of blending out and choosing to do what is right. Following the crowd, however, almost always ends in disappointment. We must follow the example of Noah, not the example of Lamech’s daughters. We must hold on to faith even when others are letting it go. We must walk with God even though the world is filled with darkness, sin, and despair. This sort of faithfulness does not go unnoticed by God. It will be what saves us in the end.

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