Methu'selah (Ieb. Methushe'lach, מתוּשֵׁלִח, man of the dart; Sept. and N.T. Μαθουσάλα; Josephus, Μαθουσάλας, Ant. 1:3, 3 and 4; Vulg. Mathusala and Mathusale; Auth. Vers. "Mathusala," in Lu 3:37), the son of Enoch, and eighth of the Sethite antediluvian patriarchs (Genesis v. 21, 22, 25, 26, 27; 1Ch 1:3). He was born (according to the Hebrews text) BC. 3484. When he had attained the age of 187 years, his son Lamech was born, after which he lived 782 years, and died (BC. 2516) only a few months before the flood, at the extreme age of 969; which, being the greatest term attained by any on record. has caused his name to become a proverb of long life. SEE LONGEVITY.

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