And it happened, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and when daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were good. And they took wives for themselves from all whom they chose.
Apparently, Jew women are hot and are just ripe for the picking.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, in his erring; he is flesh. Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
Finally, a sensible limit to human lifespan. Some writer must of realized people pushing a 1,000 years in kind of hard to believe. 120 years is not a bad guess of the upper limit of unassisted human lifespan. I guess the original humans had a chunk of LORD inside. A little retcon, but that is ok.
There were giants in the earth in those days. And also after that, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore to them, they were mighty men who existed of old, men of renown. And the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Giants existed? When were they made? Are they angel? Giant angels that have kids with humans?
Two other problems here as well: Your heart has no imagination or thoughts, it is your brain that does these things. The other problem, there is no way any society could last long if they were evil continually.
And the LORD repented that He had made man on the earth, and He was angry to His 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 I repent that I have made them.
The LORD has a heck of a temper. He wants to destroy, EVERYTHING. So, he evidently isn’t omnipotent, or really all that powerful when it comes to evil. What did the animals do wrong? They can’t be evil. Why destroy them?
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah fathered three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Noah was apparently born without sin, that’s good. Not sure how that is possible, but he was and must be a really nice guy.
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth. And, behold, it was corrupted! For all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth.
Didn’t you just say this two paragraphs ago?
And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them. And, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make an ark of cypress timbers. You shall make rooms in the ark. And you shall pitch it inside and outside with pitch. And this is the way you shall make it. The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it shall be fifty cubits and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window in the ark, and you shall finish it above to a cubit. And you shall set the door of the ark in the side of it. You shall make it with lower, second and third stories. And behold! I, even I, am bringing a flood of waters upon the earth in order to destroy all flesh (in which is the breath of life) from under the heavens. Everything which is in the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you. And you shall come into the ark, you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. And you shall bring into the ark two of every kind, of every living thing of all flesh, to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Two of every kind shall come to you to keep them alive; of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind. And take for yourself all food that is eaten, and you shall gather for yourself. And it shall be for food, for you and for them.
Noah did so, according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
“so he did”
Wow, lots to comment on here as an engineer and a person with common sense.
First off, the largest wooden vessel ever made was a good 100 feet shorter than the ark. The ark described here is 450 feet long. After about 350 feet, you need to switch to iron or steel. It will hog, twist, and just collapse. The amount of man-hours needed would be tremendous. Where the heck did get the wood? I assume this is somewhere near modern Iraq. Nowhere in that entire region is there enough wood, of any type, to build a ship this big.
With the two of every animal, how in the world did they all get there? Think of all the food you need to pack? I think Noah also needs to know the duration of the voyage as well. Maybe the chapter will clue us in. Again, just two individuals is not enough to ensure the survival of a species. By the way, the Minimum Viable Population for all terrestrial species is 4,196. For humans it is around 160, but that takes a lot of cherry picking of populations to make that work. Humans actually did experience a genetic bottleneck due to the Toba eruption where the human population dropped to as low as 2,000 people. 2,000 people. This is 1000x greater than what the Bible posits. “Just” 2000 people is the reason humans have very very little genetic diversity compared to other mammals.