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
    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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