Genesis 6:3

“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD said, My Spirit shall not alwayes striue with man; for that hee also is flesh: yet his dayes shalbe an hundred and twenty yeeres.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord said, My spirit will not be in man for ever, for he is only flesh; so the days of his life will be a hundred and twenty years.
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not always plead with Man; for he indeed is flesh; but his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh said, "My Spirit will not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; yet will his days be one hundred twenty years."
- World English Bible

And Jehovah saith, `My Spirit doth not strive in man -- to the age; in their erring they [are] flesh:' and his days have been an hundred and twenty years.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD said: 'My spirit shall not abide in man for ever, for that he also is flesh; therefore shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 6:3


6:3 My spirit shall not always strive with man - The spirit then strove by Noah's preaching, #1Pet 3:19|, and by inward checks, but 'twas in vain with the most of men; therefore saith God, he shall not always strive, for that he also is flesh - Incurably corrupt and sensual, so that 'tis labour lost to strive with him. He also, that is, all, one as well as another; they are all sunk into the mire of flesh. Yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years - So long will I defer the judgment they deserve, and give them space to prevent it by their repentance and reformation. Justice said, cut them down; but mercy interceded, Lord, let them alone this year also; and so far mercy prevailed, that a reprieve was obtained for six score years.


Discussion for Genesis 6

  • 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.
  • 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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