Genesis 6 (Today's New International Version)

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Wickedness in the World

1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth1 and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God2 saw that these daughters3 were beautiful,4 and they married5 any of them they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit6 will not contend witha human beings forever,7 for they are mortalb;8 their days will be a hundred and twenty years." 4 The Nephilim9 were on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God went to the daughters of the human beings10 and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.11 5 The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth,12 and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.13 6 The LORD regretted14 that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the LORD said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth15 the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground--for I regret that I have made them.16" 8 But Noah17 found favor in the eyes of the LORD.18

Noah and the Flood

9 This is the account19 of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless20 among the people of his time,21 and he walked faithfully with God.22 10 Noah had three sons: Shem,23 Ham and Japheth.24 11 Now the earth was corrupt25 in God's sight and was full of violence.26 12 God saw how corrupt27 the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.28 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 destroy29 both them and the earth.30 14 So make yourself an ark of cypressc wood;31 make rooms in it and coat it with pitch32 inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.d 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubite high all around.f Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 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.34 18 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. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.37 20 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.40 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 just as God commanded him.41
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