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

  • Aaron
    Then if its not possible and had not ever happened then, then why were those in sodom and gomorah trying to have sex with the angels of God, and Lot knew it was a very real and evil deed cause he offered his daughters in place of the angels! The word ofGod means exactly what it says,
  • Dennis
    True They were fallen Angels and they did wrong with the women created a Giant race of Big people tried to mess up God's plan but it failed
  • Ernie
    Noahs "DNA" had not been corrupted or His wife, she was the daughter of Enoch, they were still dealing with "Original Sin" hence the bringing of the 7 clean animals for sacrifice
  • Fred Cook
    Verse 2 sates the son's of God took the daughters of men. Rickey S , stated that the sons of God, were the fallen angels. Is this correct ?
  • 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.

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