The Corruption of Mankind

Now it came about, when mankind began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind were [a]beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “(A)My Spirit will not [b]remain with man forever, [c](B)because he is also flesh; [d]nevertheless his days shall be 120 years.” The [e](C)Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of mankind, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of mankind was great on the earth, and that (D)every intent of the thoughts of [f]their hearts was only evil continually. So (E)the Lord was sorry that He had made mankind on the earth, and He was (F)grieved [g]in His heart. Then the Lord said, “(G)I will wipe out mankind whom I have created from the face of the land; mankind, and animals as well, and crawling things, and the birds of the sky. For (H)I am sorry that I have made them.” But (I)Noah (J)found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a (K)righteous man, [h](L)blameless in his generation. Noah (M)walked with God. 10 And Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was (N)corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was (O)filled with violence. 12 And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for [i](P)humanity had corrupted its way upon the earth.

13 Then God said to Noah, “(Q)The end of [j]humanity has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of [k]people; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 Make for yourself an ark of [l]gopher wood; you shall make the ark with compartments, and [m]cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark shall be [n]three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a [o]window for the ark, and finish it to a [p]cubit from [q]the top; and put the door of the ark on the side; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 Now behold, (R)I Myself am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which there is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. 18 But I will establish (S)My covenant with you; and (T)you shall enter the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 (U)And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 (V)Of the birds according to their kind, and of the animals according to their kind, of every crawling thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. 21 As for you, take for yourself some of every (W)food that is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and them.” 22 (X)So Noah did these things; according to everything that God had commanded him, so he did.

The Flood

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be (Y)righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take [r]with you [s]seven pairs of every (Z)clean animal, a male and his female; and two of the animals that are not clean, a male and his female; also of the birds of the sky, [t]seven pairs, male and female, to keep their [u]offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For after (AA)seven more days, I will send rain on the earth for (AB)forty days and forty nights; and I will wipe out from the face of the land (AC)every living thing that I have made.” So (AD)Noah acted in accordance with everything that the Lord had commanded him.

Now Noah was (AE)six hundred years old when the flood of water [v]came upon the earth. Then (AF)Noah and his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the waters of the flood. (AG)Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that crawls on the ground, they all went into the ark to Noah [w]by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 Now it came about after (AH)the seven days, that the waters of the flood [x]came upon the earth. 11 In the (AI)six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all (AJ)the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the [y]floodgates of the sky were opened. 12 (AK)The rain [z]fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.

13 On this very same day (AL)Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, 14 they and every animal according to its kind, and all the livestock according to [aa]their kind, and every crawling thing that crawls on the earth according to its kind, and every bird according to its kind, [ab]all sorts of birds. 15 So they went into the ark to Noah, (AM)by twos of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the Lord closed the door behind him.

17 Then the flood [ac]came upon the earth for (AN)forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. 18 The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark [ad]floated on the [ae]surface of the water. 19 And the water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains [af]everywhere under the heavens were covered. 20 The water prevailed [ag]fifteen cubits higher, (AO)and the mountains were covered. 21 So (AP)all [ah]creatures that moved on the earth perished: birds, livestock, animals, and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; 22 of all that was on the dry land, all (AQ)in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. 23 So He wiped out [ai]every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from mankind to animals, to crawling things, and the birds of the sky, and they were wiped out from the earth; and only (AR)Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. 24 (AS)The water prevailed upon the earth for 150 days.

The Flood Subsides

But (AT)God remembered Noah and all the animals and all the livestock that were with him in the ark; and (AU)God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. Also (AV)the fountains of the deep and the [aj]floodgates of the sky were closed, and (AW)the rain from the sky was restrained; and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end (AX)of 150 days the water decreased. Then in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, (AY)the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. And the water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.

Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the (AZ)window of the ark which he had made; and he sent out a raven, and it [ak]flew here and there until the water was dried up [al]from the earth. Then he sent out a [am]dove, to see if the water was low on the [an]surface of the land; but the dove found no resting place for the sole of its foot, so it returned to him in the ark, for the water was on the [ao]surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took it, and brought it into the ark to himself. 10 So he waited another seven days longer; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. 11 And the dove came to him in [ap]the evening, and behold, in its [aq]beak was a fresh olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was low on the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days longer, and sent out (BA)the dove; but it did not return to him again.

13 Now it came about in the (BB)six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, that the water was dried up [ar]from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the [as]surface of the ground had dried up. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every crawling thing that crawls on the earth, that they may [at](BC)breed abundantly on the earth, and (BD)be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every crawling thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out [au]by their families from the ark.

20 Then Noah built (BE)an altar to the Lord, and took some of every kind of (BF)clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered (BG)burnt offerings on the altar. 21 The Lord (BH)smelled the soothing aroma, and the Lord said [av]to Himself, “I will never again (BI)curse the ground on account of man, for (BJ)the [aw]intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; (BK)and I will never again [ax]destroy every living thing, as I have done.

22 While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
(BL)Summer and winter,
And (BM)day and night
Shall not cease.”

Covenant of the Rainbow

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “(BN)Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every animal of the earth and on every bird of the sky; on everything that crawls on the ground, and on all the fish of the sea. They are handed over to you. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I have given everything to you, (BO)as I gave the green plant. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, (BP)its blood. I certainly will require [ay](BQ)your lifeblood; [az](BR)from every animal I will require it. And [ba]from every person, [bb]from every man as his brother I will require the life of a person.

(BS)Whoever sheds human blood,
By man his blood shall be shed,
For (BT)in the image of God
He made mankind.
As for you, (BU)be fruitful and multiply;
[bc]Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”

Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, “Now behold, (BV)I Myself am establishing My covenant with you, and with your [bd]descendants after you; 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the livestock, and every animal of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, every animal of the earth. 11 I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall (BW)never again be eliminated by the waters of a flood, (BX)nor shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 God said, “This is (BY)the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for [be]all future generations; 13 I have set My (BZ)rainbow in the cloud, and it shall [bf]serve as a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall come about, when I make a cloud appear over the earth, that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud, 15 and (CA)I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and (CB)never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the rainbow is in the cloud, then I will look at it, to remember the (CC)everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

18 Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and (CD)Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and (CE)from these the whole earth was [bg]populated.

20 Then Noah began [bh]farming and planted a vineyard. 21 He drank some of the wine and (CF)became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, (CG)saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it on both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were [bi]turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. 25 So he said,

(CH)Cursed be Canaan;
[bj](CI)A servant of servants
He shall be to his brothers.”

26 He also said,

(CJ)Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Shem;
And may Canaan be [bk]his servant.
27 (CK)May God enlarge Japheth,
And may he live in the tents of Shem;
And may Canaan be [bl]his servant.”

28 Noah lived 350 years after the flood. 29 So all the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 6:2 Lit good
  2. Genesis 6:3 Or rule in; or strive with; meaning uncertain
  3. Genesis 6:3 Or in his going astray he is flesh
  4. Genesis 6:3 Or therefore
  5. Genesis 6:4 Lit fallen ones; LXX giants
  6. Genesis 6:5 Lit his heart
  7. Genesis 6:6 Lit to
  8. Genesis 6:9 Lit complete, perfect; or having integrity
  9. Genesis 6:12 Lit all flesh
  10. Genesis 6:13 Lit all flesh
  11. Genesis 6:13 Lit them
  12. Genesis 6:14 I.e., Unknown species of tree
  13. Genesis 6:14 Or pitch
  14. Genesis 6:15 About 450 ft. long, 75 ft. wide, and 45 ft. high or 135 m, 23 m, and 14 m
  15. Genesis 6:16 Or roof
  16. Genesis 6:16 One cubit is about 18 in. or 45 cm
  17. Genesis 6:16 Lit above
  18. Genesis 7:2 Lit to
  19. Genesis 7:2 Lit seven seven
  20. Genesis 7:3 Lit seven seven
  21. Genesis 7:3 Lit seed
  22. Genesis 7:6 Lit was
  23. Genesis 7:9 Lit two two
  24. Genesis 7:10 Lit were
  25. Genesis 7:11 Or windows of the heavens
  26. Genesis 7:12 Lit was
  27. Genesis 7:14 Lit its
  28. Genesis 7:14 Lit every bird, every wing
  29. Genesis 7:17 Lit was
  30. Genesis 7:18 Lit went
  31. Genesis 7:18 Lit face
  32. Genesis 7:19 Lit which were under all the heavens
  33. Genesis 7:20 About 23 ft. or 6.7 m
  34. Genesis 7:21 Lit flesh
  35. Genesis 7:23 Lit all existence
  36. Genesis 8:2 Or windows of the heavens
  37. Genesis 8:7 Lit went out, going and returning
  38. Genesis 8:7 Lit from upon
  39. Genesis 8:8 Lit dove from him
  40. Genesis 8:8 Lit face
  41. Genesis 8:9 Lit face
  42. Genesis 8:11 Lit the time of evening
  43. Genesis 8:11 Lit mouth
  44. Genesis 8:13 Lit from upon
  45. Genesis 8:13 Lit face
  46. Genesis 8:17 Or swarm
  47. Genesis 8:19 Or according to their kind
  48. Genesis 8:21 Lit to His heart
  49. Genesis 8:21 Or inclination
  50. Genesis 8:21 Lit strike
  51. Genesis 9:5 Lit your blood of your lives
  52. Genesis 9:5 Lit from the hand of
  53. Genesis 9:5 Lit from the hand of
  54. Genesis 9:5 Lit from the hand of
  55. Genesis 9:7 Lit Swarm in the earth
  56. Genesis 9:9 Lit seed
  57. Genesis 9:12 Or everlasting generations
  58. Genesis 9:13 Lit be for
  59. Genesis 9:19 Lit scattered
  60. Genesis 9:20 Lit to be a farmer
  61. Genesis 9:23 Lit backward
  62. Genesis 9:25 I.e., The lowest of servants
  63. Genesis 9:26 Or their
  64. Genesis 9:27 Or their