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Genesis 6 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A World Gone Wrong
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:1 - Then the people began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:2 - The sons of God saw the beautiful women[fn] and took any they wanted as their wives.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:3 - Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not put up with[fn] humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:4 - In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:5 - The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:6 - So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:7 - And the LORD said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:8 - But Noah found favor with the LORD.
The Story of Noah
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:9 - This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:10 - Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:11 - Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:12 - God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.
(Heb 11:7; 1Pe 3:20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:13 - So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:14 - “Build a large boat[fn] from cypress wood[fn] and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:15 - Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:16 - Leave an 18-inch opening[fn] below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:17 - “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:18 - But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:19 - Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:20 - Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:21 - And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 6:22 - So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew daughters of men; also in 6:4.
Greek version reads will not remain in.
Traditionally rendered an ark.
Or gopher wood.
Hebrew 300 cubits [138 meters] long, 50 cubits [23 meters] wide, and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] high.
Hebrew an opening of 1 cubit [46 centimeters].

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