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1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

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.

4 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.

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.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.

19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

Commentary for Genesis 6

The wickedness of the world which provoked God's wrath. (1-7) Noah finds grace. (8-11) Noah warned of the flood, The directions respecting the ark. (12-21) Noah's faith and obedience. (22)1-7 The most remarkable thing concerning the old world, is the destroying of it by the deluge, or flood. We are told of the abounding iniquity of that wicked world: God's just wrath, and his holy resolution to punish it. In all ages there has been a peculiar curse of God upon marriages between professors of true religion and its avowed enemies. The evil example of the ungodly party corrupts or greatly hurts the other. Family religion is put an end to, and the children are trained up according to the worldly maxims of that parent who is without the fear of God. If we profess to be the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty, we must not marry without his consent. He will never give his blessing, if we prefer beauty, wit, wealth, or worldly honours, to faith and holiness. The Spirit of God strove with men, by sending Enoch, Noah, and perhaps others, to preach to them; by waiting to be gracious, notwithstanding their rebellions; and by exciting alarm and convictions in their consciences. But the Lord declared that his Spirit should not thus strive with men always; he would leave them to be hardened in sin, and ripened for destruction. This he determined on, because man was flesh: not only frail and feeble, but carnal and depraved; having misused the noble powers of his soul to gratify his corrupt inclinations. God sees all the wickedness that is among the children of men; it cannot be hid from him now; and if it be not repented of, it shall be made known by him shortly. The wickedness of a people is great indeed, when noted sinners are men renowned among them. Very much sin was committed in all places, by all sorts of people. Any one might see that the wickedness of man was great: but God saw that every imagination, or purpose, of the thoughts of man's heart, was only evil continually. This was the bitter root, the corrupt spring. The heart was deceitful and desperately wicked; the principles were corrupt; the habits and dispositions evil. Their designs and devices were wicked. They did evil deliberately, contriving how to do mischief. There was no good among them. God saw man's wickedness as one injured and wronged by it. He saw it as a tender father sees the folly and stubbornness of a rebellious and disobedient child, which grieves him, and makes him wish he had been childless. The words here used are remarkable; they are used after the manner of men, and do not mean that God can change, or be unhappy. Does God thus hate our sin? And shall not we be grieved to the heart for it? Oh that we may look on Him whom we have grieved, and mourn! God repented that he had made man; but we never find him repent that he redeemed man. God resolves to destroy man: the original word is very striking, 'I will wipe off man from the earth,' as dirt or filth is wiped off from a place which should be clean, and is thrown to the dunghill, the proper place for it. God speaks of man as his own creature, when he resolves upon his punishment. Those forfeit their lives who do not answer the end of their living. God speaks of resolution concerning men, after his Spirit had been long striving with them in vain. None are punished by the justice of God, but those who hate to be reformed by the grace of God.

8-11 Noah did not find favour in the eyes of men; they hated and persecuted him, because both by his life and preaching he condemned the world: but he found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and this made him more truly honourable than the men of renown. Let this be our chief desire, let us labour that we may be accepted of him. When the rest of the world was wicked, Noah kept his integrity. God's good-will towards Noah produced this good work in him. He was a just man, that is, justified before God, by faith in the promised Seed. As such he was made holy, and had right principles; and was righteous in his conversation. He was not only honest, but devout; it was his constant care to do the will of God. God looks down upon those with an eye of favour, who sincerely look up to him with an eye of faith. It is easy to be religious when religion is in fashion; but it shows strong faith and resolution, to swim against the stream, and to appear for God when no one else appears for him; Noah did so. All kinds of sin were found among men. They corrupted God's worship. Sin fills the earth with violence, and this fully justified God's resolution to destroy the world. The contagion spread. When wickedness is become general, ruin is not far off; while there is a remnant of praying people in a nation, to empty the measure as it fills, judgments may be long kept off; but when all hands are at work to pull down the fences, by sin, and none stand in the gap to make up the breach, what can be expected but a flood of wrath?

12-21 God told Noah his purpose to destroy the wicked world by water. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him, #Ps 25:14|. It is with all believers, enabling them to understand and apply the declarations and warnings of the written word. God chose to do it by a flood of waters, which should drown the world. As he chooses the rod with which he corrects his children, so he chooses the sword with which he cuts off his enemies. God established his covenant with Noah. This is the first place in the Bible where the word 'covenant' is found; it seems to mean, 1. The covenant of providence; that the course of nature shall be continued to the end of time. 2. The covenant of grace; that God would be a God to Noah, and that out of his seed God would take to himself a people. God directed Noah to make an ark. This ark was like the hulk of a ship, fitted to float upon the waters. It was very large, half the size of St. Paul's cathedral, and would hold more than eighteen of the largest ships now used. God could have secured Noah without putting him to any care, or pains, or trouble; but employed him in making that which was to be the means to preserve him, for the trial of his faith and obedience. Both the providence of God, and the grace of God, own and crown the obedient and diligent. God gave Noah particular orders how to make the ark, which could not therefore but be well fitted for the purpose. God promised Noah that he and his family should be kept alive in the ark. What we do in obedience to God, we and our families are likely to have the benefit of. The piety of parents gets their children good in this life, and furthers them in the way to eternal life, if they improve it.

22 Noah's faith triumphed over all corrupt reasonings. To rear so large a building, such a one as he never saw, and to provide food for the living creatures, would require from him a great deal of care, and labour, and expense. His neighbours would laugh at him. But all such objections, Noah, by faith, got over; his obedience was ready and resolute. Having begun to build, he did not leave off till he had finished: so did he, and so must we do. He feared the deluge, and therefore prepared the ark. And in the warning given to Noah, there is a more solemn warning given to us, to flee from the wrath to come, which will sweep the world of unbelievers into the pit of destruction. Christ, the true Noah, which same shall comfort us, hath by his sufferings already prepared the ark, and kindly invites us by faith to enter in. While the day of his patience continues, let us hear and obey his voice.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Genesis 6

  • Anthony Lewis on Genesis 6
    The word expedient?
  • Bruce on Genesis 6
    Sons of God are men in Gods image .. Male and female He created us .. No angels were created to procreate and the book of Enoch is a lie .. It clearly claims that all, ''ALL'' fallen angel offspring ''nephillim'' were 300 cubits tall = 450' tall .. Ridiculous and stupid .. Angels first estate were to serve, worship God and be messengers .. Then you have ''kinds after their kinds'' to get around and convince that the lie there were angels capable of producing children mating with mankind .. Next you have to convince they could care for a family instead of killing them .. So stop it and quit making demons heroes, sickening to give demons that much credit .. Quit wasting valuable time on that nonsense and stick with truth and away from Jewish and other fables ..
  • CHARLES JORDAN - in Reply on Genesis 6
    So, let us see....you say "sons of God" are all men in God's image.

    Mmm...are not angels sons of God ?....yes.

    Job 1 and 2 clearly refer to angels as sons of God.

    And are not all men created in the image of God ?....yes.

    And referred to as Man and son of man

    Psalm 8 verse 4 makes that distinction clear...and there are other verses too.

    And the Book of Jude 1(verse 6 ) clearly illustrates that there are fallen angels.

    Also Revelation 12 verse 9.

    Yes, there are the same disobedience problems with angels AND men.

    So, I am NOT convinced that 1 ENOCH is false.

    Did not Jesus occupy himself at length, with the casting out, of evil spirits ?....yes.

    Also, very important, is Ephesians 6 verse 10 to 18....and why we need the armour of God.

    Battlefield soldiers used armour, not so ?

    Also, the discovery of giant-sized skeletons all over the world....yet another clue.

    Their heights ranging between 10 feet to 36 feet....

    Also, just type in "giants".... and there are plenty of Old Testament verses that pop up.

    So, it is not about glorifying demons and fallen angels....no.

    It is UNDERSTANDING, that these creatures are THE REAL enemy, using human dupes via possession, to do Satan's bidding.

    Don't you think ?

    I do.

    As Ephesians 6 verse 10-18 clearly states...We wrestle not against flesh and blood, etc.
  • Elijah on Genesis 6:4
    The Giants mentioned in the KJV are the Nephilium. Nehpilium's root word is nefilim.

    The Hebrew wordnefilimis sometimes directly translated as "giants" or taken to mean "the fallen ones" (from the Hebrewnaphal, "to fall").

    Goliath was a large man but not a descendant of the Nephilium. Other scriptures point out that rebellious humans or Angels have fallen from God's Grace. Even though there were giant humans throughout time, does not mean that they descendants from nephilium.

    Fallen Angels are considered to be giants in mankinds eyes as illistrated throughout the bible.

    The Israelites that reported back after spying upon the Palestinians saw large men not nephilium!

    The Nephilium must have been Demons that were present while the sons of God lusted the daughters of man. Perhaps, they had influenced the sons of God to lust the women and rebel against God in this manor. No where in scripture does it state that the Nephilium were they offspring of the sons of God and daughters of men. It only gives reference to them being present at that time and afterwards.
  • Elijah on Genesis 6:4
    Sons of God are mentioned in the bible many times. The Righteous Angels are referred to as Sons of God at the time of their creation. Job also describes them as sons of God. Christians are referred to as Sons of God.

    So, the title has to do with righteousness. Jesus was called "Son of Man" meaning human, and Called " son of God" meaning divine nature(without sin); God.

    Fallen Angels lost their title when they rebelled with Satan; their new father or leader.

    Demons can not be the Sons of God. The sons of God mentioned in gen. 6:4 couldn't be holy Angels because their is no mention of Angels falling away after the initial falling away or rebellion. Therefore, they must be the humans who honor God in that time. Blessed are the righteous and peace makers, for they shall be called sons of God.
  • Elijah Zmuda on Genesis 6:4
    Demons cannot take on flesh -- there is nowhere in the Bible that says that they can. Of course we know that angels, both heavenly and fallen, can appear in human form, but they remain spirit beings only. God also said let every creature produce after it's own kind. This means that a human can not mate with a goat and have a pan as an offspring(Mythology). The same applies for Demons, they can not have offspring with humans. Besides, if God wanted more angels he would create them himself. Also, according to Jesus, Angels do not marry in heaven, that means they do not have offspring or engage in sexual relations to reproduce. If Angels dont marry while in heaven, how could they when kicked from heaven.

    Furthermore, Sons of God are referred to as humans over and over again throughout the bible. There is a scripture of sons of God referring to the holy Angels in Ezekiel. Of course, you all know that a holy angel will not disobey(sin) God.

    My previous interpretation of scriputre about Gen. 6:4 is still most logical and theological.
  • Elijah Zmuda on Genesis 6:4
    I believe that the Nephilium were fallen Angels. Angels are not given into marriage as scripture states. Therefore, they have no sex organs(male nor female) and can not have intercourse with any human, angel, or creature.

    I don't see in scripture where it states that the Nephilium were the children of the sons of God and daughters of man. It only mentions that they were present during the time that the sons of God married the daughters of man and afterwards.

    Men of reowned is another way of saying popular or famous. Of old must mean legendary. Adam, Abel, cain, seth, and Enoch were renounced men of old. Besides, a half demon and half man is not a man nor demon. Therefore this could not be in reference to the Nephilium.

    Sons of God is used to refer to a righteous lineage where Jesus Christ will come from. Noah was declared a righteous man. I would say that seth's blood line would be referred to as "sons of God". God sent and separated cain from the rest. I believe that God wanted to have a pure righteous bloodline from seth to Jesus Christ. Remember, God only upset at mankind for the interbreeding of Seth's clan and Cain's clan. He said nothing about the demons.

    Because of all the unrighteousness God limited the age of all humans, even the men of renowned of old. The only ones that God said he would make a covenant with was Noah's family. Apparently, Noah's family was considered righteous and pure. So, The Nephilium were demons or fallen Angels, The sons of God were the lineage of seth, and the daughter of man were cain's descendants.
  • Adam - in Reply on Genesis 6:4
    Hello. I believe the Nephillum were the children of angels (sons of men) and humans having sexual relations. Genesis 6:1-4.
  • UNITED STATES in PROPHESYMishael on Genesis 6
    I've read in a book on Prophesies ( they're out there. Buy one)

    That America/United States is called in prophesy: Islands in the Sea. That's because the continents are surrounded by water. Also, Britain, Scotland, Australia and others.

    Here are the scriptures:

    Isaiah 11:11

    And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

    Isaiah 13:22

    And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

    Isaiah 41:1

    Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

    Isaiah 42:12

    Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.

    Isaiah 42:15

    I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

    Isaiah 59:18

    According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

    Jeremiah 50:39

    Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.

    America is not without sin. Plenty of people describe it as the new whore of Babylon.

    Have we not seen people who murder, shoot up synagogues, set them on fire: rain hatred on them sunup to past midnight?

    How many churched people have come in here recently, saying, despite going to church regular, they barely know anything about scripture or prophesy? Quite a bit.
  • CHARLES JORDAN on Genesis 6
    I see there is no mention of the NEPHILIM, as mentioned in other Bibles ( eg the Hebrew Bible )

    Normally in verse 4


 

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