Thursday 30th April 2020GENESIS: Beginnings | Part 14

Genesis 6 v1-8 offers some interpretive challenges regarding the "sons of God" and the "Nephilim". Regardless of the interpretation, these verses highlight the growing corruption of a fallen people but end with hope as Noah finds favour in the eyes of the LORD.
Genesis 6:1-8

Genesis 6:1–8

Increasing Corruption on Earth

6:1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in1 man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim2 were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Footnotes

[1] 6:3 Or My Spirit shall not contend with
[2] 6:4 Or giants

(ESV)

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