Genesis 6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When the human race began to increase, with more and more daughters being born, 1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
2 the sons of God noticed that the daughters of men were beautiful. They looked them over and picked out wives for themselves. 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
3 Then God said, "I'm not going to breathe life into men and women endlessly. Eventually they're going to die; from now on they can expect a life span of 120 years." 3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years."
4 This was back in the days (and also later) when there were giants in the land. The giants came from the union of the sons of God and the daughters of men. These were the mighty men of ancient lore, the famous ones. Noah and His Sons 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
5 God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil - evil, evil, evil from morning to night. 5 The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
6 God was sorry that he had made the human race in the first place; it broke his heart. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
7 God said, "I'll get rid of my ruined creation, make a clean sweep: people, animals, snakes and bugs, birds - the works. I'm sorry I made them." 7 So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them."
8 But Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah. 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
9 This is the story of Noah: Noah was a good man, a man of integrity in his community. Noah walked with God. 9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.
10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 As far as God was concerned, the Earth had become a sewer; there was violence everywhere. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence.
12 God took one look and saw how bad it was, everyone corrupt and corrupting - life itself corrupt to the core. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
13 God said to Noah, "It's all over. It's the end of the human race. The violence is everywhere; I'm making a clean sweep. 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.
14 "Build yourself a ship from teakwood. Make rooms in it. Coat it with pitch inside and out. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
15 Make it 450 feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.
16 Build a roof for it and put in a window eighteen inches from the top; put in a door on the side of the ship; and make three decks, lower, middle, and upper. 16 Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
17 "I'm going to bring a flood on the Earth that will destroy everything alive under Heaven. Total destruction. 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.
18 "But I'm going to establish a covenant with you: You'll board the ship, and your sons, your wife and your sons' wives will come on board with you. 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.
19 You are also to take two of each living creature, a male and a female, on board the ship, to preserve their lives with you: 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
20 two of every species of bird, mammal, and reptile - two of everything so as to preserve their lives along with yours. 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.
21 Also get all the food you'll need and store it up for you and them." 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."
22 Noah did everything God commanded him to do. 22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.