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

  • A disciple
    Ann; that is a false teaching! Cain murdered his brother because he rejected God's Word, and willfully omitted all reference of Christ having to come in the flesh, when he came to present himself to God. Therefore he was rejected, and so he murdered his brother for being good. The sons of God then were the children of faith, and the sacred line descended from Seth instead of Able whom Cain slew.
  • Ann
    The sons of God were the fallen angels who fell from heaven, which took the form of human-like creatures, and married the daughters of men, and the giants (the Nephilim) were the result of this sinful act. Genesis 6:4-8. The male angels (sons of God) Job 38:7 - Job 1:6.
  • Ann
    Genesis 7:13 tells us who went into the ark. Amen.
  • A disciple
    Gigi (cont.) When keeping in the context of the first chapters of Genesis up to that point it is clear that there is a distinct moral and spiritual divide in the earth between the godly seed of the sons of God after the line of Seth and the heathen children of men after Cain. By Noah's day there had evolved such a darkness of apostasy that no one could anymore be moved by conviction of the Spirit.
  • A disciple
    Gigi; "who were those giants?" Well, I've never found a completely satisfying answer to that, other than the Word itself just on its face. I think we have to assume they were freakishly large men, or "man-like" creatures. One great error however about them comes from MIS-reading the verse around it; which many think says that the giants were the offspring of the sons of God marrying unsaved women.
  • Gigi Maher
    who were those giants??
    "That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose .... There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown"

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