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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 6

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1 THE human race began to increase and to spread over the earth and daughters were born to them. 2The sons of the gods saw how beautiful these daughters were, so they took for themselves such women as they chose. 3But the LORD said, ‘My spirit will not remain in a human being for ever; because he is mortal flesh, he will live only for a hundred and twenty years.’

4In those days as well as later, when the sons of the gods had intercourse with the daughters of mortals and children were born to them, the Nephilim a 6:4 Nephilim: or giants. were on the earth; they were the heroes of old, people of renown.

5When the LORD saw how great was the wickedness of human beings on earth, and how their every thought and inclination were always wicked, 6he bitterly regretted that he had made mankind on earth. 7He said, ‘I shall wipe off the face of the earth this human race which I have created—yes, man and beast, creeping things and birds. I regret that I ever made them.’ 8Noah, however, had won the LORD's favour.

9This is the story of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, the one blameless man of his time, and he walked with God. 10He had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11God saw that the world was corrupt and full of violence; 12and seeing this corruption, for the life of everyone on earth was corrupt, 13God said to Noah, ‘I am going to bring the whole human race to an end, for because of them the earth is full of violence. I am about to destroy them, and the earth along with them. 14Make yourself an ark with ribs of cypress; cover it with reeds b 6:14 cover…reeds: or make compartments in it. and coat it inside and out with pitch. 15This is to be its design: the length of the ark is to be three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16You are to make a roof for the ark, giving it a fall of one cubit when complete; put a door in the side of the ark, and build three decks, lower, middle, and upper. 17I am about to bring the waters of the flood over the earth to destroy from under heaven every human being that has the spirit of life; everything on earth shall perish. 18But with you I shall make my covenant, and you will go into the ark, you with your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives. 19You are to bring living creatures of every kind into the ark to keep them alive with you, two of each kind, a male and a female; 20two of every kind of bird, beast, and creeping thing are to come to you to be kept alive. 21See that you take and store by you every kind of food that can be eaten; this will be food for you and for them.’ 22Noah carried out exactly all God had commanded him.

Notes:

a 6:4 Nephilim: or giants.

b 6:14 cover…reeds: or make compartments in it.

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