Genesis 5:25

And Methuselah lived a hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Moreover the difference in numbers that we find between the Hebrew text and our own constitutes no disagreement about this longevity of the ancients. If any discrepancy is such that the two versions cannot both be true, we must seek the authentic account of events in the language from which our text was translated. Though this opportunity is universally available to those who wish to take it, yet, significantly enough, no one has ventured to correct the Septuagint version from the Hebrew text in the very many places where it seems to offer something different. The reason is that those differences were not considered falsifications, nor do I think that they should be so regarded in any way. Rather, where no error by the copyist is ascertained and where the sense would be harmonious with the truth and would proclaim the truth, we should believe that they were moved by the Holy Spirit to say something differently, not as part of the service that they did as translators but as exercising t...


AD 420
There is a famous question that has been aired by discussion in all churches: that by a careful reckoning it can be shown that Methuselah lived fourteen years after the flood. It appears that in this case as in many others, in the Septuagint translation of the Bible there is an error in the numbers. Among the Hebrews and the books of the Samaritans, I have found the text written thus: “Methuselah lived a hundred and eightyseven years and became the father of Lamech. Methuselah lived after the birth of Lamech seven hundred and eightytwo years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixtynine years; and he died. And Lamech lived one hundred and eighty two years and begot Noah.” Accordingly, there are years from the day of Methuselah’s birth to the day of Noah’s birth; to these add Noah’s six hundred years, since the flood occurred in the six hundredth year of his life, and so it works out that Methuselah died in the nine hundred sixtyninth...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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