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The Wickedness of Mankind

When men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God[a] saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took to wife such of them as they chose.

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  1. 6.2 sons of God could mean simply “divine beings,” as elsewhere in the Old Testament. The writer, however, may be using an old story or myth to point out the progressive degradation of mankind before the Flood and to warn against the evil effects of intermarriage either of the descendants of Seth with the Kenites or, more probably, of the Israelites with the native populations of Canaan.

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