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Human Corruption

Now after the population of human beings had increased throughout the[a] earth, and daughters had been born to them, some divine beings[b] noticed how attractive human women[c] were, so they took wives for themselves from a selection that pleased them.[d] So the Lord said, “My Spirit won’t remain[e] with human beings forever, because they’re truly mortal.[f] Their lifespan[g] will be 120 years.”

The Nephilim[h] were on the earth at that time[i] (and also immediately afterward), when those divine beings[j] were having sexual relations with[k] those human women,[l] who gave birth to children for them. These children[m] became the heroes and legendary figures of ancient times.[n]

God Decides to Destroy the World

The Lord saw that human evil was growing more and more throughout the earth, with every inclination of people’s thoughts[o] becoming only evil on a continuous basis. Then the Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and he was deeply grieved about that.[p] So the Lord said, “I will annihilate these human beings whom I’ve created from the[q] earth, including people, animals, crawling things, and flying creatures, because I’m grieving that I made them.” However, the Lord was pleased with Noah.

Noah Obeys God

These are the family records[r] of Noah: Noah was a righteous man. Blameless during his times,[s] Noah communed[t] with God. 10 Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 By this time, the earth had become ruined in God’s opinion[u] and filled with violence. 12 God looked at the earth, observing how corrupt its population had become, because the entire human race[v] had corrupted itself.[w] 13 So God announced to Noah, “I’ve decided to destroy every living thing on earth,[x] because it has become filled with violence due to them. Look! I’m about to annihilate them, along with the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark out of cedar,[y] constructing compartments in it, and cover it inside and out with tar. 15 Make the ark like this: 300 cubits[z] long, 50 cubits[aa] wide, and 30 cubits[ab] high. 16 Make a roof[ac] for the ark, and finish the walls[ad] to within one cubit[ae] from the top.[af] Place the entrance in the side of the ark, and build a lower, a middle, and an upper deck.

17 “For my part, I’m about to flood the earth with water and destroy every living thing[ag] that breathes. Everything on earth will die. 18 However, I will establish my own covenant with you, and you are to enter the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. 19 You are to bring two of every living thing[ah] into the ark so they may remain alive with you. They are to be male and female. 20 From birds according to their species,[ai] from domestic animals according to their species,[aj] and from everything that crawls on the ground according to their species[ak]—two of everything will come to you so they may remain alive. 21 For your part, take some of the edible food and store it away—these stores will be food for you and the animals.”[al]

22 Noah did all of this, precisely as[am] God had commanded.


  1. Genesis 6:1 Lit. increase on the surface of the
  2. Genesis 6:2 Lit. them, the sons of God
  3. Genesis 6:2 Lit. attractive daughters of Adam
  4. Genesis 6:2 Lit. from all whom they had selected
  5. Genesis 6:3 Or contend
  6. Genesis 6:3 Lit. flesh
  7. Genesis 6:3 Lit. days
  8. Genesis 6:4 MT reads The Fallen Ones; LXX and Aram. read Giants; cf. Num 13:33
  9. Genesis 6:4 Lit. earth in those days
  10. Genesis 6:4 Or after, the sons of God
  11. Genesis 6:4 Lit. beings went in to
  12. Genesis 6:4 Lit. with Adam’s daughters
  13. Genesis 6:4 The Heb. lacks children
  14. Genesis 6:4 Lit. heroes of ancient times, men of renown
  15. Genesis 6:5 Lit. hearts
  16. Genesis 6:6 Lit. was grieved to the heart
  17. Genesis 6:7 Lit. the surface of the
  18. Genesis 6:9 Or the generations
  19. Genesis 6:9 Or generations
  20. Genesis 6:9 Lit. lifetime, Noah walked
  21. Genesis 6:11 Lit. sight
  22. Genesis 6:12 Lit. all the flesh on the earth
  23. Genesis 6:12 Lit. corrupted their ways
  24. Genesis 6:13 Lit. The end of all flesh has come before me
  25. Genesis 6:14 Or cypress
  26. Genesis 6:15 I.e. about 450 feet
  27. Genesis 6:15 I.e. about 75 feet
  28. Genesis 6:15 I.e. about 45 feet
  29. Genesis 6:16 Or cupola
  30. Genesis 6:16 The Heb. lacks the walls
  31. Genesis 6:16 I.e. about one and a half feet
  32. Genesis 6:16 I.e. for a skylight
  33. Genesis 6:17 Lit. thing under heaven
  34. Genesis 6:19 Lit. every kind of flesh
  35. Genesis 6:20 Lit. kind
  36. Genesis 6:20 Lit. kind
  37. Genesis 6:20 Lit. kind
  38. Genesis 6:21 Lit. and them
  39. Genesis 6:22 Lit. this, everything that

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