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Genesis 6

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The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
1Now it came to pass, #Gen. 1:28when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they #Deut. 7:3, 4took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3And the Lord said, #Gen. 41:38; (Gal. 5:16, 17); 1 Pet. 3:19, 20“My Spirit shall not #2 Thess. 2:7strive with man forever, #Ps. 78:39for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4There were giants on the earth in those #Num. 13:32, 33; Luke 17:27days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
5Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every #Gen. 8:21; Ps. 14:1–3; Prov. 6:18; Matt. 15:19; Rom. 1:28–32intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And #Gen. 6:7; 1 Sam. 15:11, 29; 2 Sam. 24:16; Jer. 18:7–10; Zech. 8:14the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and #Ps. 78:40; Is. 63:10; Eph. 4:30He was grieved in His #Mark 3:5heart. 7So the Lord said, “I will #Gen. 7:4, 23; Deut. 28:63; 29:20; Ps. 7:11destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8But Noah #Gen. 19:19; Ex. 33:12, 17; Luke 1:30; Acts 7:46found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah Pleases God
9This is the genealogy of Noah. #Gen. 7:1; Ezek. 14:14, 20; Heb. 11:7; 2 Pet. 2:5Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah #Gen. 5:22, 24; 2 Kin. 23:3walked with God. 10And Noah begot three sons: #Gen. 5:32; 7:13Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11The earth also was corrupt #Deut. 31:29; Judg. 2:19; Rom. 2:13before God, and the earth was #Ezek. 8:17filled with violence. 12So God #Ps. 14:2; 53:2, 3looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for #Ps. 14:1–3; Is. 28:8all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
The Ark Prepared
13And God said to Noah, #Is. 34:1–4; Jer. 51:13; Ezek. 7:2, 3; Amos 8:2; 1 Pet. 4:7“The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; #Gen. 6:17and behold, #2 Pet. 2:4–10I will destroy them with the earth. 14Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17#Gen. 7:4, 21–23; 2 Pet. 2:5And behold, I Myself am bringing #2 Pet. 3:6floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall #Luke 16:22die. 18But I will establish My #Gen. 8:20—9:17; 17:7covenant with you; and #Gen. 7:1, 7, 13; 1 Pet. 3:20; 2 Pet. 2:5you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring #Gen. 7:2, 8, 9, 14–16two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind #Gen. 7:9, 15will come to you to keep them alive. 21And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.”
22#Gen. 7:5; 12:4, 5; Heb. 11:7Thus Noah did; #Gen. 7:5, 9, 16according to all that #(1 John 5:3)God commanded him, so he did.
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A World Gone Wrong
1Then the people began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them. 2The sons of God saw the beautiful women#6:2 Hebrew daughters of men; also in 6:4. and took any they wanted as their wives. 3Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with#6:3 Greek version reads will not remain in. humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”
4In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.
5The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. 7And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” 8But Noah found favor with the Lord.
The Story of Noah
9This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. 10Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. 12God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. 13So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!
14“Build a large boat#6:14a Traditionally rendered an ark. from cypress wood#6:14b Or gopher wood. and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. 15Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.#6:15 Hebrew 300 cubits [138 meters] long, 50 cubits [23 meters] wide, and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] high. 16Leave an 18-inch opening#6:16 Hebrew an opening of 1 cubit [46 centimeters]. below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.
17“Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. 18But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 19Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. 20Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. 21And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”
22So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.