- And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
The word of the Lord came true upon men, (Genesis 1:28) and multiplication began (not fruitfulness) and daughters were born unto men. Prior to this time, majorly, sons were born much much more…but now, daughters were born.
- that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
‘Sons of God’ has been given several meanings, some of which are angels, rulers or fallen angels of some sort. Either way, the previous verse makes mention to the daughters of men, who were born unto them in recent times. (some other belief states that the Sons of God referred to the Sethites and daughters of men referred to the daughters of Cain). Now those who were tagged ‘Sons of God’ then saw the daughters as beautiful and came for them simply because of their physical appearances (being fair/beautiful). They took anyone/all they chose. some of them even picked more than one – like Lamech did.
- And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
Then the Lord said ‘My Spirit’ will not abide with man forever, moreover, since he is even just flesh. ‘Man’ is just our outward physical appearance. our spirits do belong to God because from Him, we came. Some versions say ‘dwell/abide’ and in that regard, it simply means the spirit God had put in man would not be there forever, the body will die in a maximum of 120years and the spirit can then leave. Ohters say strive or contend – which means to ‘make much effort’, meaning Gods spirit in man would not make so much effort as it ought to. ‘also, to add to matters, man is just flesh/mortal’. Now, the peak of man’s years on earth will be 120 years.
Now I would like to put that sons of God refer to mortal beings here not any Angels. It is quite simple. After the occurrence, God did not punish any heavenly beings, we were made to understand that he looked at men’s behavior and then made up his mind that his spirit would not strive with them. It was just men.
- 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.
There were giants on earth in those days initially – which was not strange. Then more giants came (after) to be when the Sons of God came together (had secual relations) with the daughters of men.
I would like to note here that the Bible was not written as it was happening. the writings came after most of it had happened and that is the reason for ‘and also after that’, the stories were written years after the occurence.
Now the offspring -giants- (which are in further books of the Bible) became the mighty men of their time (their strength came as a result of their fathers – the sons of God), men of renown – the popular men of their time, because of what they were. (kind of similar to the Story of Hercules and his strength).
- ¶ 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.
God saw that man’s wickedness was peaking and the thoughts of their hearts were constantly inclined towards evil
- And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the Lord was remorseful for creating man -on earth- it grieved him at His “heart/(sometimes referred to as Spirit)” – metaphorically speaking, God has a heart.
- 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.
And the Lord said (to who? The Spirit? (He’s in constant conversation with someone) – I will destroy man whom I have created (this justifies His ability to kill. He created/formed man, so he has the right to do as he pleases with man). Man, beasts, fowls, etc (trees weren’t mentioned).
- But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
But Noah found “GRACE” (dictionary wise, this word means “free and undeserved favour from God, Unmerited divine assistance given to man”. This is the explanation we will use throughout the book and we will highlight more things )– from the Lord.
- ¶ These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Now Noah was a just man – morally upright/righteous. God liked what he saw in Noah
Noah was perfect in his generation and he was blameless (now no man is perfect, but considering what was going on in the world at that time, Noah simply possessed more morals than his contemporaries)
And Noah walked faithfully/in fellowship with God. (similar to his fore-father, Enoch)
- And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
- ¶ The earth also was corrupt before God; and the earth was filled with violence.
God saw that the earth was corrupt and full of lawlessness, violence and wickedness.
- And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
The earth was indeed corrupt. All flesh was corrupt (no exclusion for Noah, as explained above in verse 9, but he just wasn’t as deep into sin as the others that’s why he was termed “perfect”)
- And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Then God said to Noah (since he walked/fellowshiped with him), “The earth is filled with violence through the flesh and I will destroy them (not you) – with the earth-
- Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Make –by yourself- an ark, with rooms within and cover both the interior and exterior with pitch (sap).
- And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
- A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
Descriptive on the construction of the ark. 450 ft. x 75 ft. x 45 ft
- And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die.
See, I –the Lord- will bring flood (Remember that in Genesis – especially chapter one, God controls waters above –clouds- and waters below –seas- and in Genesis 2:5, he controls rain) to destroy all flesh in which the breath of life is in.
- But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
BUT! I –an exception- will establish My Covenant with you –first covenant mentioned- you and your family will go into the ark
- And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Of all living beings of flesh, you will bring a male and a female of each sort (for reproduction after the flood).
(Okay, forgive me, 😀 but i couldnt help but notice the smile of the lioness in this picture above)
- Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind; two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them
Birds, cattle, creeping animals – two of every kind WILL COME TO YOU to keep them alive. Noah didn’t have to go search for them. They themselves would come. It is their divine instruction.
- And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
Take all eatable food for you and all living things that will be in the ark.
- Thus did Noah according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
And Noah obeyed the voice of the Lord and did exactly the way God told him to.