Genesis - Chapter 6

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The Sixth Chapter of Genesis

The sixth chapter of Genesis tells of the wickedness of man on Earth, and God's decision to destroy all of mankind in a great flood. It also tells of God's covenant with Noah, to spare him and his family from the flood.

The chapter begins with a description of how the sons of God saw the daughters of man, and took wives for themselves. God then declares that mankind's days will be limited to 120 years, and that in that time there will be giants on the Earth.

God sees the wickedness of man and decides to destroy all of mankind and animals on the Earth. But he finds grace in Noah, and makes a covenant with him to save him and his family. Noah is described as a righteous man and perfect in his generations.

God then instructs Noah to build an ark of gopherwood and cover it inside and out with pitch. The ark is to be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high, with a window and a door.

God tells Noah to take two of every kind of animal, bird, and creeping thing into the ark to keep them alive. He also tells Noah to gather food for him and his family. Finally, Noah obeys God and does everything God has commanded him to do.

Decline of Customs

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

2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they [were] beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

3 And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he [is] indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

4 There were giants 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.

Testament of Kara

5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every intent of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.

6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

7 So 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."

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


9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

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

12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

Construction of the Ark

13 And 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.

14 " Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.

15 "And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark [shall be] three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.

16 "You 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.]

17 "And 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.

18 "But 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.

19 "And 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.

20 "Of 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.

21 "And 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."

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


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