The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
1Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
2that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive6:3 LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. abide with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
4There were 6:4 Heb. nephilim, fallen or mighty onesgiants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
5Then 6:5 So with MT, Tg.; Vg. God; LXX Lord Godthe Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent6:5 thought of the thoughts of his heart was only evil 6:5 all the daycontinually.
6And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
7So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah Pleases God
9This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, 6:9 blameless or having integrityperfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
10And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
The Ark Prepared
(Heb. 11:7; 1 Pet. 3:20)
13And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
14Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make 6:14 Lit. compartments or nestsrooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.
15And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred 6:15 A cubit is about 18 inches.cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
16You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.
17And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die.
18But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.
19And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.
20Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.
21And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.”
22Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.