And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah,
Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech,
hearken unto my speech:
for I have slain a man to my wounding,
and a young man to my hurt.
If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,
truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
Genesis 4:23,24 [KJV]
Here we encounter an antediluvian thug bragging to his two hoochies about killing someone who dissed him. He affirms that not only is he emulating Cain, but he celebrates his own renegade criminal status and says “bring it on – I am a killer and I revel in being cursed more than that Old-Skool outlaw Cain. I want to go down in history for my badness”.
Matt Ford says:
This is amazing hubris, as it was God Almighty who swore to avenge Cain. Lamech is claiming to be so strong and so vengeful as to far out-do God in revenge. However, unlike God, there is no righteousness or mercy here. Lamech is murderous for the sake of his ego.
Surely these few lines of pre-flood proto-rap contain pearls of wisdom and warning…
But alas – we have already been inundated.