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a After this Adam knew his Wife; and he begat a Son in his own Likeness, after his Image. And after he had lived nine hundred and thirty Years, and begat Sons and Daughters, he died.
b And it came to pass, when Men began to multiply upon the Face of the Earth, that the Earth was corrupt before God, and filled with Violence; and the Wickedness of Man was great, and every Imagination of the Thoughts of his Heart was only Evil continually. And thus it continued till the Flood came, and destroyed them all; Noah only remaining alive, and they that were with him in the Ark, which God had commanded him to make; wherein few, that is, cight Souls, were faved by Water. .
c After the Flood, when the Generations of the Sons of Noah weré multiplied, the whole Earth was of one Language and of one Speech, till they attempted to build them a City and a Tower, whose top might reach unto Heaven; and then the Lord confounded their Language, that they might not understand one another's Speech : And from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the Face of all the Earth.
d Since which time the Lord weakned the Strength of Man, and shortned his Days.. in
* Gen. 4. 1. Gen. s. 3, 5, 4. b Gen. 6. 1, 11, s. Gen. 6. 5. Luke 17. 27. Gen. 7. 23. Gen. 6. 14, 224 1 Pet. 3. 20
Gen. 10. 1, Gen, 2, 1. Gen. II, 1, to 7, S. 1 PI, 102, 23;
* No Man is sure of Life; but, they that are cxalted for a little while, are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off, as the tops of the Ears of Corn. Death shall feed on them, and their Beauty shall consume in the Grave.
b Man dieth, and wasteth away; yea, Man giveth up the Ghost, and where is he? He shall return no more to his House, neither shall his Place know him any more. There is hope of a Tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout out again, and that the tender Branch thereof will not cease; but Man lieth down, and riseth not till the Heavens be no more.
cOne Generation passeth away, and another Generation cometh. And the Memory of them that are dead is forgotten: Also their Love, and their Hatred, and their Envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a Portion for ever, in any thing that is done under the Sun.
d Man goeth to his long Home, and the Mourners go about the Streets.
e By one Man Sin entred into the World, and Death by Sin, and so Death passed upon all Men: For in Adam all dye.
The SHORTNESS and UNCERTAINTY of
his LIFE. f Man that is born of a Woman,, is of fcpp Days.
a Behold, O Lord, thou hast made our Days as an Hand-breadth; and our Age is as nothing before thee. * 6 All Flesh is as Grafs, and all the Glory of Man as the Flower of Grass. The Grafs withereth, and the Flower thereof falleth away. As for Man his Days are as Grafs : As a Flower of the Field, fo he flourisheth; for the Wind parfeth over it, and it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more. We all do fade as a Leaf.
cMan fleeth also as a Shadow, and continueth not; his Days are like a Shadow that declineth; and there is none abiding. '.
d Our Days are swifter than a Poft. They are passed away as the swift Ships. We spend our Years as a Tale that is told.
e Here we have no continuing City, but are Strangers and Sojourners before the Lord, as were all our Fathers. For what is our Life? It is even a Vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
fWe dwell in Houses of Clay, whose Foundation is in the Duft, which are crushed before the Moth. There is but a step between us and Death,
The Pain and TROUBLE he is subject to. & Man is born unto trouble, as the Sparks fly apwards.
e Tho' the Days of Man are few, get are there full of trouble. Few and Evil are the Days of the Years of our Pilgrimage.
All the Days of Man are Sorrows, and his Travel Grief. His Flesh upon him shall have Pain, and his Soul within him shall mourn.
& Many Evils and Troubles continually befal bim. He is liable to all manner of Sickness, and all manner of Disease; and, through fear of Death, he is all his life-time subject to Bondage.