When men began to increase in number on the earth1 and daughters were born to them,
the sons of God2 saw that the daughters of men3 were beautiful,4 and they married5 any of them they chose.
Then the LORD said, "My Spirit6 will not contend witha man forever,7 for he is mortalb;8 his days will be a hundred and twenty years."
The Nephilim9 were on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God went to the daughters of men10 and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.115
The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become,12 and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.136
The LORD was grieved14 that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth15--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them.16"
But Noah17 found favor in the eyes of the LORD.189
This is the account19 of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless20 among the people of his time,21 and he walked with God.2210
Noah had three sons: Shem,23 Ham and Japheth.2411
Now the earth was corrupt25 in God's sight and was full of violence.2612
God saw how corrupt27 the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.2813
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 destroy29 both them and the earth.3014
So make yourself an ark of cypressc wood;31 make rooms in it and coat it with pitch32 inside and out.
This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.d16
Make a roof for it and finishe the ark to within 18 inchesf of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
I am going to bring floodwaters33 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.3418
But I will establish my covenant with you,35 and you will enter the ark36--you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.
You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.3720
Two38 of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind39 of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.4021
You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them."
Noah did everything just as God commanded him.41