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

  • Michael C.
    Dear Ricky S. Here are some verses to look up, that may help you to understand the error in that teaching: Psalm 104:4;Luke 24:39;Matthew 22:30;Mark 12:25;Luke 20:34;Luke 20:35; Hebrews 2:16. In context to what all was happening in the world at the time; and the verse immediately following; it was because men who had knowledge and upbringing in the things of God, turned away from the conviction.
  • Michael C.
    Yes, Cheryl: in the whole context of the sentence, and of the whole chapter; it talks about what God saw as rejecting His Spirit, and eventually causing the utter corruption of the world. Look in Strong's concordance; the word translated Giants, literally means a Bully, or Tyrant; secondarily, Giant. Now put together the whole verse: they forsook God's Spirit to become great in this world! see v3!
  • Doug
    As it was in the days of Noah, SO SHALL IT BE in the days of the coming of the
    Son of man.
  • Michael C.
    Ricky S, that is an idea, started by unbelievers without the Holy Spirit. Angels are spirits; and have not flesh and bones like we have (Luke 24:39): they do not have the capacity to reproduce or breed like humans. The sons of God (Luke 3:38), as Moses called them through the Spirit, were the descendants of Seth (Genesis 4:25-26); and it was apostasy; for no longer obeying the Spirit.
  • Ricky S
    Sons of God are the fallen Angels. There fornication with the women created the giants
  • Michael C.
    Hi Cheryl; No, there was only Noah and his family, and the animals; everyone else perished in the cataclysm. The Lord said, that many will seek to enter, and will not be able (Mt. 7:13-27).How there were giants? The Lord knows; I don't really care. There were giants again later, when the nations of the Canaanites possessed the land; and a few still remained, up to the time of David (I Samuel 17).

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