When the human population began to grow rapidly on the earth,
the sons of God saw the beautiful women of the human race and took any they wanted as their wives.
Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, they will live no more than 120 years."
In those days, and even afterward, giants a lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with human women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes mentioned in legends of old.
Now the LORD observed the extent of the people's wickedness, and he saw that all their thoughts were consistently and totally evil.
So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them. It broke his heart.
And the LORD said, "I will completely wipe out this human race that I have created. Yes, and I will destroy all the animals and birds, too. I am sorry I ever made them."
But Noah found favor with the LORD.
This is the history of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on earth at the time. He consistently followed God's will and enjoyed a close relationship with him.
Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)