Bible: Genesis 6-7

God’s Grief over Humankind’s Wickedness

6:1 When humankind 1  began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born 2  to them, 3  6:2 the sons of God 4  saw that the daughters of humankind were beautiful. Thus they took wives for themselves from any they chose. 6:3 So the Lord said, “My spirit will not remain in 5  humankind indefinitely, 6  since 7  they 8  are mortal. 9  They 10  will remain for 120 more years.” 11 

6:4 The Nephilim 12  were on the earth in those days (and also after this) 13  when the sons of God were having sexual relations with 14  the daughters of humankind, who gave birth to their children. 15  They were the mighty heroes 16  of old, the famous men. 17 

6:5 But the Lord saw 18  that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination 19  of the thoughts 20  of their minds 21  was only evil 22  all the time. 23  6:6 The Lord regretted 24  that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended. 25  6:7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – everything from humankind to animals, 26  including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.”

6:8 But 27  Noah found favor 28  in the sight of 29  the Lord.

The Judgment of the Flood

6:9 This is the account of Noah. 30 

Noah was a godly man; he was blameless 31 

among his contemporaries. 32  He 33  walked with 34  God. 6:10 Noah had 35  three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

6:11 The earth was ruined 36  in the sight of 37  God; the earth was filled with violence. 38  6:12 God saw the earth, and indeed 39  it was ruined, 40  for all living creatures 41  on the earth were sinful. 42  6:13 So God said 43  to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, 44  for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy 45  them and the earth. 6:14 Make 46  for yourself an ark of cypress 47  wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover 48  it with pitch inside and out. 6:15 This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 49  6:16 Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches 50  from the top. 51  Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. 6:17 I am about to bring 52  floodwaters 53  on the earth to destroy 54  from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. 55  Everything that is on the earth will die, 6:18 but I will confirm 56  my covenant with you. You will enter 57  the ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sonswives with you. 6:19 You must bring into the ark two of every kind of living creature from all flesh, 58  male and female, to keep them alive 59  with you. 6:20 Of the birds after their kinds, and of the cattle after their kinds, and of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you so you can keep them alive. 60  6:21 And you must take 61  for yourself every kind of food 62  that is eaten, 63  and gather it together. 64  It will be food for you and for them.

6:22 And Noah did all 65  that God commanded him – he did indeed. 66 

7:1 The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation. 67  7:2 You must take with you seven 68  of every kind of clean animal, 69  the male and its mate, 70  two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, 7:3 and also seven 71  of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, 72  to preserve their offspring 73  on the face of the earth. 7:4 For in seven days 74  I will cause it to rain 75  on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the ground every living thing that I have made.”

7:5 And Noah did all 76  that the Lord commanded him.

7:6 Noah 77  was 600 years old when the floodwaters engulfed 78  the earth. 7:7 Noah entered the ark along with his sons, his wife, and his sonswives because 79  of the floodwaters. 7:8 Pairs 80  of clean animals, of unclean animals, of birds, and of everything that creeps along the ground, 7:9 male and female, came into the ark to Noah, 81  just as God had commanded him. 82  7:10 And after seven days the floodwaters engulfed the earth. 83 

7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month – on that day all the fountains of the great deep 84  burst open and the floodgates of the heavens 85  were opened. 7:12 And the rain fell 86  on the earth forty days and forty nights.

7:13 On that very day Noah entered the ark, accompanied by his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, along with his wife and his sonsthree wives. 87  7:14 They entered, 88  along with every living creature after its kind, every animal after its kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, everything with wings. 89  7:15 Pairs 90  of all creatures 91  that have the breath of life came into the ark to Noah. 7:16 Those that entered were male and female, 92  just as God commanded him. Then the Lord shut him in.

7:17 The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth. 7:18 The waters completely overwhelmed 93  the earth, and the ark floated 94  on the surface of the waters. 7:19 The waters completely inundated 95  the earth so that even 96  all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. 7:20 The waters rose more than twenty feet 97  above the mountains. 98  7:21 And all living things 99  that moved on the earth died, including the birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all humankind. 7:22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life 100  in its nostrils died. 7:23 So the Lord 101  destroyed 102  every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, including people, animals, creatures that creep along the ground, and birds of the sky. 103  They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived. 104  7:24 The waters prevailed over 105  the earth for 150 days.

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