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Why would sheth (seth) be destroyed?

Submitted: 3/21/2007
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Question: I read in Numbers 24:17 that Jesus will destroy all the children of Sheth. It seems to me that Sheth produced a line that was God conscience (enos, enoch, noah). Why would Jesus destroy this line?

Answer: From what we have been able to determine, the Sheth (Seth) referred to in Numbers 24:17 is not connected with the son of Adam and Eve (see Genesis 4:25). Apparently this Sheth was a ruler of the Moabites. The name Sheth means 'tumult' in Hebrew. Perhaps it is not a name of a person but a descriptive term saying that the 'sons of tumult' will be destroyed. That is all we can come up with.