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Genesis 6 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Wickedness in the World

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:1 - When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:2 - the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:3 - Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with[fn] humans forever, for they are mortal[fn]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:4 - The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:5 - The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:6 - The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:7 - So the LORD said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:8 - But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Noah and the Flood

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:9 - This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:10 - Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:11 - Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:12 - God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
(Heb 11:7; 1Pe 3:20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:13 - So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:14 - So make yourself an ark of cypress[fn] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:15 - This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:16 - Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[fn] high all around.[fn] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:17 - I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:18 - But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:19 - You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:20 - Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:21 - You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:22 - Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
NIV Footnotes
Or My spirit will not remain in
Or corrupt
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
That is, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 135 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high
That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters
The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.

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