Proper Names in Hebrew

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It is hard to read, in Hebrew, some passages in which a series of proper names occurs, without being struck with the sense produced, if the words are looked at, not as proper names, but expressive of meanings, and then strung together.
Thus, 1 Chron. 1:1-41Adam, Sheth, Enosh, 2Kenan, Mahalaleel, Jered, 3Henoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 4Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (1 Chronicles 1:1‑4). The ten first names- אדם שח אגוש קיגן מחללאל ירד חגוך מחזשלח למך ךח
has thus been translated:-
Adam man, Sheth having become, or being appointed or constituted, Enosh wretched, Kenan mourner, Mahalaleel the blessed-God, Jered came down, Henoch consecrated, Methuselah his death -to send, Lamech to the poor, Noah comfort.
Man [being] placed as a wretched mourner, the blessed God came down:-[when] consecrated, his death sent comfort to the poor. M.