The irony of the explanation for Noah's name

I never really thought about it before this morning (though I’m sure someone else has), but there is a lot of irony in the reasoning given for Noah’s name in Genesis 5:29.  The verse reads:

he named him Noah, saying, “Out of the ground the Lord has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the toil of our hands.”

In this verse, Noah’s name seems to be related to the word translated often as “relief” or “comfort.”  Of course, Noah’s parents might get a bit of relief or comfort since Noah can take up some of their work, but everybody else in the story excepting Noah’s immediate family DIES BY DROWNING!

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