Why did Lamech say he should be avenged seventy-seven times to his wives?

Why did Lamech believe injury to himself deserved to be avenged, even moreso than injury to Cain?

Genesis 4:23 - 24

NKJV - 23 Then Lamech said to his wives: Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, Even a young man for hurting me. 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.

Clarify Share Report Asked September 03 2014 Mini Ashok Kovoor

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