Genesis 6:2

“That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That the sonnes of God saw the daughters of men, that they were faire, and they took them wiues, of all which they chose.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took wives for themselves from those who were pleasing to them.
- Basic English Bible

that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and took themselves wives of all that they chose.
- Darby Bible

That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all whom they chose.
- Webster's Bible

that God's sons saw that men's daughters were beautiful, and they took for themselves wives of all that they chose.
- World English Bible

and sons of God see the daughters of men that they [are] fair, and they take to themselves women of all whom they have chosen.
- Youngs Literal Bible

that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives, whomsoever they chose.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 6:2


6:2 The sons of God - Those who were called by the name of the Lord, and called upon that name, married the daughters of men - Those that were profane, and strangers to God. The posterity of Seth did not keep to themselves as they ought, but intermingled with the race of Cain: they took them wives of all that they chose - They chose only by the eye: They saw that they were fair - Which was all they looked at.


Discussion for Genesis 6

  • 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.
  • Heather
    Because of Adam and Eve's disobedience, humanity was punished. Because of Noah's complete obedience, humanity was saved. The consequences of their decisions are playing out even to this day. May this be a lesson to us to listen to God and not to the evil one.
  • Lorenzo
    God is disappointed in the creation of man because man does not follow the way in his likeness. God plans to destroy man and spare Noah,s life and his family. Because Noah was perfect in his generation God used him in his plans for the future.

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