Genesis 5:27, How did Methuselah die?

Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.

//Methuselah’s claim to fame is that he lived longer than anybody else in the history of the world. But how did he die? The Bible doesn’t say for sure. Let’s trace his life, and see if we can figure the mystery out.

When Methuselah is 187, he has a son named Lamech. (Genesis 5:25)

When Lamech is 182, he has a son named Noah. (Genesis 5:28) Methuselah is now 369.

Noah’s the guy who built the ark. When Noah was 600, the flood waters began. (Genesis 7:6) Methuselah is now 969, the age of his death.

Genesis 7:7, And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Poor Methuselah. He wasn’t on the ark. I bet he could have made it to age 1,000.

(Tradition holds, by the way, that Methuselah died seven days before the flood, and that God delayed the flood for seven days of mourning in his honor.)


  1. LaDena Skelton

    But you didn’t mention “HOW” he died, just when. HOW did he die?

  2. Lee Harmon

    oh, I meant to imply that he drowned. But if you go with tradition (that he died a week before the flood), then I don’t know…sorry…

  3. Patricia Green

    Guess we’ll just have to wait and ask him.

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