Genesis 6:12-14

12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
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 So make yourself an ark of cypress[a] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

Genesis 6:12-14 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 6

This chapter gives an account of the wickedness of the old world, both among the profane and the professors of religion, which was taken notice of and resented by God, upon which he determined the destruction of it, Ge 6:1-7 only one man, Noah, is excepted, who found favour with God, and whose character is given, Ge 6:8-10 and to whom was observed by God the general corruption of the earth, Ge 6:11-13 and to whom he gave orders and directions for the building an ark for himself, and his family, being determined to destroy the earth with a flood, and all creatures in it, Ge 6:14-17 only he would preserve him and his wife, his three sons and their wives, and two of every living creature, for which, and for himself and his family, he was to take food into the ark when built, Ge 6:18-21 and the chapter is concluded with observing, that Noah did as he was commanded, Ge 6:22.

Genesis 6:12-14 In-Context

10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.
12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
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 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch 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.
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.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Exodus 32:7; Deuteronomy 4:16; Deuteronomy 9:12,24
  • 2. Psalms 14:1-3
  • 3. Deuteronomy 28:63; 2 Kings 8:19; Ezra 9:14; Jeremiah 44:11
  • 4. ver 17; Ge 7:4,21-23; Job 34:15; Isaiah 5:6; Isaiah 24:1-3; Jeremiah 44:27; Ezekiel 7:2-3
  • 5. Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20
  • 6. Exodus 2:3

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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