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The Nephilim and the Daughters of Men

Now it happened, when men 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 men were good in appearance; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then Yahweh said, “(A)My Spirit shall not [a]strive with man forever [b](B)because he indeed is flesh; [c]nevertheless his days shall be 120 years.” The (C)Nephilim were 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.

Then Yahweh saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and that (D)every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (E)And Yahweh regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was (F)grieved [d]in His heart. And Yahweh said, “(G)I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the [e]sky; for (H)I regret that I have made them.” But (I)Noah (J)found favor in the eyes of Yahweh.

The Generations of Noah

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a (K)righteous man, [f](L)blameless among those in his generations; Noah (M)walked with God. 10 And Noah [g]became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was (N)corrupt before God, and the earth was (O)filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for (P)all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

13 Then God said to Noah, “(Q)The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and you shall [h]cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 Now this is how you shall make it: the length of the ark [i]300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 You shall make a [j]window for the ark, and complete it to one [k]cubit from [l]the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 As for Me, behold (R)I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall breathe its last. 18 But I will establish (S)My covenant with you; and (T)you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and 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 after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. 21 As for you, take for yourself some of all (W)food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” 22 (X)Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.


  1. Genesis 6:3 Or rule in; some ancient versions abide in
  2. Genesis 6:3 Or in his going astray he is flesh
  3. Genesis 6:3 Or therefore
  4. Genesis 6:6 Lit to
  5. Genesis 6:7 Lit heavens
  6. Genesis 6:9 Or having integrity; lit complete, perfect
  7. Genesis 6:10 Lit begot
  8. Genesis 6:14 Or pitch
  9. Genesis 6:15 Approx. 450 ft. long, 75 ft. wide, and 45 ft. high or 135 m, 23 m, and 14 m
  10. Genesis 6:16 Or roof
  11. Genesis 6:16 A cubit was approx. 18 in. or 45 cm
  12. Genesis 6:16 Lit above