When Noah was born, he was the tenth in a line of fathers and sons beginning with Adam. His father, Lamech, said of his son
This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.Genesis 5:29
Noah’s name means “rest”.
For the first five hundred years of Noah’s life, Moses recorded that
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.Genesis 6:5-10
It certainly was far from the perfection of Eden, but even in this environment, Noah: (1) found favor or grace in the eyes of YHVH, (2) was a righteous man, blameless in his time, and (3) became the father of three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. It would not surprise me if the psalmist who wrote the 128th psalm drew inspiration from Noah’s story.
How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.
When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
Within your house,
Your children like olive plants
Around your table.
Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.
The Lord bless you from Zion,Psalm 128
And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
Indeed, may you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!