These are the sons of Japhet, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech.
For that generation did not have the Word; how, then, could Lamech be believed to have been a prophet?
The precarious nature of all godless civilisation and the real tendency of self-sufficing pride are shown in Lamech.
Lamech hoped, in addition, for the restoration of the former state.
All the Old Testament heroes, from Lamech downwards, were polygamists.
When Cain falls, Lamech appeals to his servant, to know what is it that he has shot.
They were those of Lamech's wives: those of Cain and Abel are not called by their names.
We find this peculiar structure as far back as the address of Lamech to his wives in Gen. iv.
A steersman full-sufficient for the ark of the Church among the waves of the world, like Noah son of Lamech.
And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.