25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered Lamech. 26 Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died.

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son 29 and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground (A)that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief[a] from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” 30 Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died.

32 After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered (B)Shem, Ham, and (C)Japheth.

Increasing Corruption on Earth

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, (D)“My Spirit shall not abide in[b] man forever, (E)for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim[c] were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

(F)The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every (G)intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And (H)the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it (I)grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah (J)found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 5:29 Noah sounds like the Hebrew for rest
  2. Genesis 6:3 Or My Spirit shall not contend with
  3. Genesis 6:4 Or giants

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