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

ķ 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

  • Paulo Salvado
    Hello, love the site, is very helpfull! i have a question: why sometimes the creator is called Lord and other times is called Lord God? Isnīt Moses talking about two different "people"? Thank you and God bless you.
  • Luther Allbright
    I believe that the fallen angels were angels like Satan. This God had to destroy them for their wickedness. It wasn't meant for angels and earth woman to mate. End of story it wasn't his plan so he had to end their wickedness.
  • Robert L
    Sons of God are Angels that left their first estate .Jude1:6 They cohabited with the daughters of Cain and Seth.
  • JM
    The Sons and Daughters of God is the person who admit thereselve that they are a sinner(Romans 3:10), repent from there sins(Acts 17:30) and knowing that Jesus Christ is there Lord and personal savior(John 1:12). If they receive Christ they will become his sons and daughters of God, and they receive "Eternal Life(John 10:28).
  • Glo
    I don't understand:
    who are the sons of God and daughters of men in Genesis chapter 6
  • Jerry Hatcher
    Gen 6:18 doesn't match your question. Gen 7:2 tells us how many of each kind of animal God said to put on the Ark. "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female." The words "by sevens" means by 7 pairs (14 total). Of each pair is a male and female. The unclean was only 1 male

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