Cedars of Lebanon: Noah and the Flood
And he called his name Noah, saying: This same shall comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands (Gen. 5:29).
In the period before Noah was born, men did not reap as they had sown, for they would sow wheat and barley and reap thorns and thistles. Noah having been born, the world returned to an orderly state, what was sown was reaped—they sowed wheat and reaped wheat, sowed barley and reaped barley. What is more, until Noah was born they worked with their hands; that is why it is written “and in the toil of our hands” when Noah was born, he instituted plows and sickles and spades and all the work tools.
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