Genesis 6:5

“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God saw, that the wickednes of man was great in the earth, and that euery imagination of the thoughts of his heart was onely euill continually.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord saw that the sin of man was great on the earth, and that all the thoughts of his heart were evil.
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of Man was great on the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart only evil continually.
- Darby Bible

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah seeth that abundant [is] the wickedness of man in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart only evil all the day;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 6:5


6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth - Abundance of sin was committed in all places, by all sorts of people: and those sins in their own nature most gross and heinous, and provoking: and committed daringly, with a defiance of heaven. And that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually - A sad sight, and very offensive to God's holy eye. This was the bitter root, the corrupt spring: all the violence and oppression, all the luxury and wantonness that was in the world, proceeded from the corruption of nature; lust conceives them, #Jas 1:15|, see Mt 15:19. The heart was evil, deceitful and desperately wicked; the principles were corrupt, and the habits and dispositions evil. The thoughts of the heart were so. Thought is sometimes taken for the settled judgment, and that was biased and misled; sometimes for the workings of the fancy, and those were always either vain or vile. The imagination of the thought of the heart was so, that is, their designs and devices were wicked. They did not do evil only through carelessness, but deliberately and designedly, contriving how to do mischief. 'Twas bad indeed, for it was only evil, continually evil, and every imagination was so. There was no good to be found among them, no not at any time: the stream of sin was full and strong, and constant; and God saw it. Here is God's resentment of man's wickedness. He did not see it as an unconcerned spectator, but as one injured and affronted by it; he saw it as a tender father sees the folly and stubbornness of a rebellious and disobedient child, which not only angers but grieves him, and makes him wish he had been written childless.


Discussion for Genesis 6

  • Futterfly
    Its not the type of Ark you are thinking about. Its would have been an advanced type of machine....I imagine so..not sure how I came to that idea though.
  • Cheryl
    P - You have to understand that God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. God is so outside our sphere of understanding. We just can't grasp how great He is; how wonderful, how huge and amazing He is. God would have provided everything Noah needed - he also showed Moses a picture of the Tabernacle so he would know how to build it. He has everything covered, we just need to trust in Him!
  • Susan
    God said he would only tolerate (strive with) man for 120 more years. That's plenty of long suffering and time for repentance. The ark was huge with 3 stories. Don't forget dinosaurs. Seems likely and more prudent to have baby animals on board. AlSo the climate different before the flood. Had never rained; earth watered from a mist. God took care of it though we don't understand it all.
  • P
    Susan, thanks for the answer, but I don't see how verse 3 refers to how long it took to build the ark and verse 14-16 are general instructions. the ark would have to be huge in order to fit 2 of every species on earth, including elephants, polar bears, giraffes as well as tapeworms and poisonous snakes. I was also wondering if there was any refrigeration for the penguins and the perishable food.
  • Susan
    P, Genesis 6:3 says 120 years. Verses 14-16 give the specifics. The material it would be made of and the dimensions.
  • P
    It took me and my neighbor 8 days to build a deck around my pool. Does anyone know how long it took to build the Ark? Where did Noah get all that wood? Did God provide blueprints ? I'm very impressed that a few people could build a gigantic structure like that without power tools and a calculator.

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