And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred
sixty nine years, and he died
This was the oldest man that ever lived, no man ever lived to a thousand years: the Jews give this as a reason for it, because a thousand years is God's day, according to ( Psalms 90:4 ) and no man is suffered to arrive to that. His name carried in it a prediction of the time of the flood, which was to be quickly after his death, as has been observed, (See Gill on Genesis 5:21). Some say he died in the year of the flood; others, fourteen years after, and was in the garden of Eden with his father, in the days of the flood, and then returned to the world F1; but the eastern writers are unanimous that he died before the flood: the Arabic writers F2 are very particular as to the time in which he died; they say he died in the six hundredth year of Noah, on a Friday, about noon, on the twenty first day of Elul, which is Thout; and Noah and Shem buried him, embalmed in spices, in the double cave, and mourned for him forty days: and some of the Jewish writers say he died but seven days before the flood came, which they gather from ( Genesis 7:10 ) "after seven days"; that is, as they interpret it, after seven days of mourning for Methuselah F3: he died A. M. 1656, the same year the flood came, according to Bishop Usher.