Genesis 6:18

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.

Genesis 6:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
ESV
18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
NLT
18 But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
MSG
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.
CSB
18 But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives.

Genesis 6:18 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 6:18

But with thee will I establish my covenant
Made with Noah at this time, though not expressed, that on his making an ark, as God directed him, and going into it at his command, he would preserve him while building it from the rage of wicked men, and save him in it and his family, when the flood should come; and that they should come safe out of it, and repeople the world, which should be no more destroyed by one; for this covenant respects that later mentioned, ( Genesis 9:11-17 ) so Aben Ezra; or the promise of the Messiah, which should spring from him, for the fulfilment of which Noah and his family were spared; and this in every article God would confirm, of which he might be assured from his power, veracity, and faithfulness, and other perfections of his: and thou shalt come into the ark;
when the covenant would begin more clearly to be established, and more plainly to be fulfilling; Noah on the one hand being obedient to the divine will, having built an ark, and entering into it; and on the other, God giving him leave, and an order to enter into it, and shutting him up in it to preserve him: thou and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee;
that is, Noah and his wife, and his sons and their wives, in all eight persons; and eight only, as the Apostle Peter observes, ( 1 Peter 3:20 ) by this it appears that Noah's three sons were married before the flood, but as yet had no children. Jarchi concludes, from the mode of expression used, that the men and women were to be separate; that they entered the ark in this manner, and continued so, the use of the marriage bed being forbidden them while in the ark.

Genesis 6:18 In-Context

16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
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 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 to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Genesis 9:9-16; Genesis 17:7; Genesis 19:12; Exodus 6:4; Exodus 34:10,27; Dt 29:13,14-15; Psalms 25:10; Psalms 74:20; Psalms 106:45; Isaiah 55:3; Jeremiah 32:40; Ezekiel 16:60; Haggai 2:5; 1 Peter 3:20
  • 2. Ge 7:1,7,13