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Genesis 6

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Chapter 6
1People began to grow in number all over the earth. Daughters were born to them. 2The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful. They chose any of them that they wanted to become their wives. #6:2 We do not know who the sons of God were. They may have been men on the earth who trusted God. They may have been men who belonged to God in heaven, like angels. The daughters of men were women who lived on the earth. They did not belong to God.
3The Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not give life to humans for ever. One day they will die. I will not let them live for more than 120 years. Then they will die.’
4The Nephilites lived on the earth at that time, and for some time after that. During that time, the sons of God were having sex with the daughters of men, who gave birth to their children. The Nephilites were famous great men and fighters.
5The Lord saw that men and women on the earth had become very bad. They thought only of evil things all the time. 6The Lord was sorry that he had made humans and put them on the earth. He became very upset. 7So the Lord said, ‘I made humans, but now I will destroy them. I will completely take them off the earth. As well as human people, I will also destroy the animals, the living things that move on the ground, and the birds. I am sorry that I made them.’
8But as for Noah, the Lord was happy about him. #6:8 Men and women have turned against God. God feels very sad. God is always sad when we do not do what he wants. Noah was different from the other people on the earth at that time. God was happy with him. The next verses tell us why God was happy about Noah.
God saves Noah
9This is the report about Noah and his family.
Noah was a good man. He was the only person at that time who lived in a completely right way. He stayed near to God in his life. 10Noah became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11God saw that everything on the earth had become spoiled. Everywhere, people were attacking each other. 12God saw how much the earth had become spoiled. Everyone was doing bad things. 13God said to Noah, ‘I am going to destroy everyone. That is what I have decided to do. Everywhere on the earth, people are attacking each other. Now I will destroy the people and also the earth. 14So, make a boat for yourself. Use wood from cypress trees to make it.#6:14 Cypress trees are trees with hard wood. The boat must have rooms in it. Cover the inside and the outside of the boat with tar. #6:14 Tar stops water coming into the boat.
15This is how you will build the boat: The boat must be 150 metres long, 25 metres wide and 15 metres high.
16Make a roof for the boat. Leave a space 45 centimetres high all round under the roof. Put a door in the side of the boat. Inside the boat, make 3 floors above each other.
17I am going to cover the earth with deep water. I will destroy all living things, wherever they live. Everything that breathes will die. 18But I will make a covenant with you, Noah. You will go into the boat. You will take your wife with you, and also your 3 sons and their wives. 19You must also take 2 of every different kind of animal into the boat. One will be male and the other will be female. Then they will stay alive with you. 20Bring 2 of every different kind of bird, 2 of every different animal and 2 of every different living thing that moves along the ground. All these will come to you. You will take care of them so that they will stay alive. 21You must also take every different kind of food. That will be food for you and food for the animals.’
22Noah obeyed God. He did everything that God had told him to do.
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1And it came to pass, when HaAdam began to multiply on the face of ha'adamah, and banot were born unto them, 2That the bnei HaElohim saw the banot HaAdam that they were tovot; and they took them nashim of all which they chose. 3And Hashem said, My Ruach [Hakodesh] shall not always strive with Adam, for that he also is basar: yet his yamim shall be a hundred and twenty shanah. 4HaNefilim were on ha'aretz in those yamim; and also after that, when the bnei HaElohim came in unto the banot HaAdam, and they bore children to them, the same became gibborim which were of old, men of renown. 5And Hashem saw that the wickedness of HaAdam was great in ha'aretz and that every yetzer (inclination) of the machshevot (thoughts) of his lev was only rah (evil) continually. 6And Hashem relented that He had made HaAdam on ha'aretz, and He was hurt in His lev. 7And Hashem said, I will wipe out HaAdam whom I have created from the face of ha'adamah; both Adam, and Behemah, and the Remes and the Oph HaShomayim; for I relent that I have made them. 8But Noach found chen (grace, unmerited favor) in the eyes of Hashem. 9These are the toldot of Noach; Noach was an ish tzaddik and tamim among those of his time, and Noach's halachah was with HaElohim. 10And Noach fathered three banim: Shem, Cham, and Yephet. 11Ha'aretz also was corrupt before HaElohim, and ha'aretz was filled with chamas. 12And Elohim looked upon ha'aretz, and, hinei, it was corrupt; for kol basar had corrupted his derech upon ha'aretz. 13And Elohim said unto Noach, The ketz (end) of kol basar is come before Me; for ha'aretz is filled with chamas because of them; and, hineni, I will destroy them with ha'aretz. 14Make thee a tevah (ark) of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the tevah (ark), and shalt coat it within and without with tar. 15And this is how thou shalt build it: the length of the tevah (ark) shall be three hundred cubits, the width of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16A roof shalt thou make to the tevah (ark), and thou shalt finish it to a cubit from the top; and the door of the tevah (ark) shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third decks shalt thou make it. 17And, hineni, I, even I, do bring a mabbul of waters upon ha'aretz, to destroy kol basar, wherein is the ruach chayyim, from under Shomayim; and everything that is in ha'aretz shall perish. 18But with thee will I establish My brit (covenant); and thou shalt come into the tevah (ark), thou, and thy banim, and thy isha, and the nashim of thy banim with thee. 19And of every living thing of kol basar, two of every kind shalt thou bring into the tevah (ark), to keep them alive with thee; they shall be zachar and nekevah. 20Of birds after their kind, and of behemah after their kind, of every remes of ha'adamah after its kind, two of every kind shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. 21And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for ochel for thee, and for them. 22Thus did Noach; according to all that Elohim commanded him, so did he.