me-thu'-se-la, me-thu'-se-la (methushelach, "man of the javelin"):
A descendant of Seth, the son of Enoch, and father of Lamech (Genesis 5:21; 1 Chronicles 1:3; Luke 3:37). Methuselah is said to have lived 969 years; he is therefore the oldest of the patriarchs and the oldest man. It is doubtful whether these long years do not include the duration of a family or clan.
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