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

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

  • A disciple
    "..GOD saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart only evil continually.." We have been PRAYING our hearts out for all the evil cruelty and filthy perversion of the wicked to come out in the open, and that they be JUDGED with all the righteous fierceness they deserve! Now we understand better what means the intense heat of God's wrath!
  • A disciple
    "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. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." They wink at each other, and have a nice little chuckle and congratulate themselves for distancing themselves from the Saints of Jesus. But God scorns them!
  • A disciple
    If some want to follow voices of strangers and have itching ears for ridiculous fables that serve absolutely nothing to the advancement of faith, love and virtue in Christ; LET THEM! For the rest of us who seek the Lord Jesus, the message of a hopelessly lost and degenerate world about to be utterly destroyed moves us to move with fear and build the only means of salvation from the doom to come.
  • A disciple
    "..the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, MY SPIRIT SHALL NOT ALWAYS STRIVE WITH MAN FOR THAT HE ALSO IS FLESH.." What do you hear the most from constantly the backslider who just can't quit sinning? Excusing their sins (which they secretly love) because their flesh is weak! This is the true doctrine.
  • A disciple
    Dawn; Read carefully the whole story in full: there is no reference to demons at all! Its all about the world of men as there was a great chasm dividing the Saints the sons (children) of God, and the descendants of Cain. There is nothing about what demons did; but that men did! They were resisting the conviction of the Spirit, and loving the things of this world; until only Noah was left!
  • Dawn Ritter
    A disciple, Ann is right those were fallen angels who had relations with daughters of men. The men of old and renown were fallen angels who produced giants with the daughters of man.

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