Genesis 6
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Sons of God and Daughters of Men

1When mankind began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of Goda saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful, and they took any they chose as wivesb for themselves.c 3And the LORD said, “My Spirit will not remaind withe mankind forever,f because they are corrupt.g, h Their days will be 120 years.” 4The Nephilimi were on the earth both in those days and afterward, when the sons of God came to the daughters of mankind, who bore children to them. They were the powerful men of old, the famous men.

Judgment Decreed

5When the LORD saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time,j 6the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth,k and He was grieved in His heart. 7Then the LORD said, “I will wipe off from the face of the earth mankind, whom I created, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky — for I regret that I made them.” 8Noah, however, found favor in the sight of the LORD.l

God Warns Noah

9These are the family recordsm of Noah. Noah was a righteous man,n blameless among his contemporaries;o Noah walked with God.p 10And Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with wickedness.q 12God saw how corrupt the earth was, for every creature had corrupted its way on the earth.r 13Then God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the earth is filled with wickednesss because of them; therefore I am going to destroy them along with the earth.

14Make yourself an ark of gophert wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it with pitch inside and outside. 15This is how you are to make it: The ark will be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.u 16You are to make a roof,v finishing the sides of the ark to within 18 inchesw of the roof. You are to put a door in the side of the ark. Make it with lower, middle, and upper decks.

17Understand that I am bringing a flood — floodwaters on the earthx to destroy every creature under heaven with the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will die. 18But I will establish My covenant with you,y and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. 19You are also to bring into the ark two of all the living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20Two of everything — from the birds according to their kinds, from the livestock according to their kinds, and from the animals that crawl on the ground according to their kinds — will come to you so that you can keep them alive. 21Take with you every kind of food that is eaten; gather it as food for you and for them.” 22And Noah did this. He did everything that God had commanded him.z

a. 6:2 Jb 1:6; 2:1; 38:7
b. 6:2 Or women
c. 6:2 1Pt 3:19-20; Jd 6
d. 6:3 Or strive
e. 6:3 Or in
f. 6:3 Gl 5:16-17; 1Pt 3:20
g. 6:3 Lit flesh
h. 6:3 Ps 78:39
i. 6:4 Possibly means “fallen ones”; traditionally, “giants”; Nm 13:31-33
j. 6:5 Gn 8:21; Ps 14:1-3; Pr 6:18; Mt 15:19; Rm 1:28-32
k. 6:6 Nm 23:19; 1Sm 15:11,29; 2Sm 24:16; Jl 2:13
l. 6:8 Gn 19:19; Ex 33:17; Lk 1:30
m. 6:9 Gn 2:4
n. 6:9 Ps 37:39; 2Pt 2:5
o. 6:9 Gn 17:1; Dt 18:13; Jb 1:1
p. 6:9 Gn 5:22
q. 6:11 Or injustice
r. 6:12 Jb 22:15-17; Ps 14:2-3; 53:2-3
s. 6:13 Or injustice
t. 6:14 Unknown species of tree; perhaps pine or cypress
u. 6:15 Or 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high
v. 6:16 Or window, or hatch ; Hb uncertain
w. 6:16 Lit to a cubit
x. 6:17 Gn 7:4; 2Pt 2:5
y. 6:18 Gn 9:9-16; 17:7
z. 6:22 Gn 7:5
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