Wickedness in the World
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The human beings on the face of the earth began to increase and their daughters seemed very fair to the sons of God. When they married those daughters of men, their children became the mighty men of old. The King James Version of the Bible refers to them as “giants.”
In verse 3 the Lord says, “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years..”
Perhaps I am a naïve bible reader, but this indicates to me that while man is mortal, while we live the spirit of God dwells in us.
It seems that (verse 5) The Lord saw that the human heart was evil all the time. Perhaps that is why he decided to limit the length of the lives of human beings.
The Lord even regretted having made human beings in the first place and decided to wipe them off the earth—them and the animals, birds other creatures.
However, Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. I can’t help but think that was because Noah was the product of a perfect lineage with Adam and had not been corrupted by the evil of other humans of his day.
- Betty Killebrew
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