Génesis 6

1 Un mundo descarriado
Luego los seres humanos comenzaron a multiplicarse sobre la tierra, y les nacieron hijas.
2 Los hijos de Dios vieron a las hermosas mujeres
y tomaron como esposas a todas las que quisieron.
3 Entonces el Señor
dijo: «Mi Espíritu no tolerará a
los humanos durante mucho tiempo, porque solo son carne mortal. En el futuro, la duración de la vida no pasará de ciento veinte años».
4 En esos días y durante algún tiempo después, vivían en la tierra gigantes nefilitas, pues siempre que los hijos de Dios tenían relaciones sexuales con las mujeres, ellas daban a luz hijos que luego se convirtieron en los héroes y en los famosos guerreros de la antigüedad.
5 El Señor
vio la magnitud de la maldad humana en la tierra y que todo lo que la gente pensaba o imaginaba era siempre y totalmente malo.
6 Entonces el Señor
lamentó haber creado al ser humano y haberlo puesto sobre la tierra. Se le partió el corazón.
7 Entonces el Señor
dijo: «Borraré de la faz de la tierra a esta raza humana que he creado. Así es, y destruiré a todo ser viviente: a todos los seres humanos, a los animales grandes, a los animales pequeños que corren por el suelo y aun a las aves del cielo. Lamento haberlos creado».
8 Pero Noé encontró favor delante del Señor
9 La historia de Noé
Este es el relato de Noé y su familia. Noé era un hombre justo, la única persona intachable que vivía en la tierra en ese tiempo, y anduvo en íntima comunión con Dios.
10 Noé fue padre de tres hijos: Sem, Cam y Jafet.
11 Ahora bien, Dios vio que la tierra se había corrompido y estaba llena de violencia.
12 Dios observó toda la corrupción que había en el mundo, porque todos en la tierra eran corruptos.
13 Entonces Dios le dijo a Noé: «He decidido destruir a todas las criaturas vivientes, porque han llenado la tierra de violencia. Así es, ¡los borraré a todos y también destruiré la tierra!
14 »Construye una gran barca
de madera de ciprés
y recúbrela con brea por dentro y por fuera para que no le entre agua. Luego construye pisos y establos por todo su interior.
15 Haz la barca de ciento treinta y ocho metros de longitud, veintitrés metros de anchura y catorce metros de altura.
16 Deja una abertura de cuarenta y seis centímetros
por debajo del techo, alrededor de toda la barca. Pon la puerta en uno de los costados y construye tres pisos dentro de la barca: inferior, medio y superior.
17 »¡Mira! Estoy a punto de cubrir la tierra con un diluvio que destruirá a todo ser vivo que respira. Todo lo que hay en la tierra morirá,
18 pero confirmaré mi pacto contigo. Así que entren en la barca tú y tu mujer, y tus hijos y sus esposas.
19 Mete en la barca junto contigo a una pareja —macho y hembra— de cada especie animal a fin de mantenerlos vivos durante el diluvio.
20 Una pareja de cada especie de ave, de animal, y de animal pequeño que corre por el suelo vendrá a ti para mantenerse con vida.
21 Y asegúrate de llevar a bordo suficiente alimento para tu familia y para todos los animales».
22 Entonces Noé hizo todo exactamente como Dios se lo había ordenado.

Génesis 6 Commentary

Chapter 6

The wickedness of the world which provoked God's wrath. (1-7) Noah finds grace. (8-11) Noah warned of the flood, The directions respecting the ark. (12-21) Noah's faith and obedience. (22)

Verses 1-7 The most remarkable thing concerning the old world, is the destroying of it by the deluge, or flood. We are told of the abounding iniquity of that wicked world: God's just wrath, and his holy resolution to punish it. In all ages there has been a peculiar curse of God upon marriages between professors of true religion and its avowed enemies. The evil example of the ungodly party corrupts or greatly hurts the other. Family religion is put an end to, and the children are trained up according to the worldly maxims of that parent who is without the fear of God. If we profess to be the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty, we must not marry without his consent. He will never give his blessing, if we prefer beauty, wit, wealth, or worldly honours, to faith and holiness. The Spirit of God strove with men, by sending Enoch, Noah, and perhaps others, to preach to them; by waiting to be gracious, notwithstanding their rebellions; and by exciting alarm and convictions in their consciences. But the Lord declared that his Spirit should not thus strive with men always; he would leave them to be hardened in sin, and ripened for destruction. This he determined on, because man was flesh: not only frail and feeble, but carnal and depraved; having misused the noble powers of his soul to gratify his corrupt inclinations. God sees all the wickedness that is among the children of men; it cannot be hid from him now; and if it be not repented of, it shall be made known by him shortly. The wickedness of a people is great indeed, when noted sinners are men renowned among them. Very much sin was committed in all places, by all sorts of people. Any one might see that the wickedness of man was great: but God saw that every imagination, or purpose, of the thoughts of man's heart, was only evil continually. This was the bitter root, the corrupt spring. The heart was deceitful and desperately wicked; the principles were corrupt; the habits and dispositions evil. Their designs and devices were wicked. They did evil deliberately, contriving how to do mischief. There was no good among them. God saw man's wickedness as one injured and wronged by it. He saw it as a tender father sees the folly and stubbornness of a rebellious and disobedient child, which grieves him, and makes him wish he had been childless. The words here used are remarkable; they are used after the manner of men, and do not mean that God can change, or be unhappy. Does God thus hate our sin? And shall not we be grieved to the heart for it? Oh that we may look on Him whom we have grieved, and mourn! God repented that he had made man; but we never find him repent that he redeemed man. God resolves to destroy man: the original word is very striking, 'I will wipe off man from the earth,' as dirt or filth is wiped off from a place which should be clean, and is thrown to the dunghill, the proper place for it. God speaks of man as his own creature, when he resolves upon his punishment. Those forfeit their lives who do not answer the end of their living. God speaks of resolution concerning men, after his Spirit had been long striving with them in vain. None are punished by the justice of God, but those who hate to be reformed by the grace of God.

Verses 8-11 Noah did not find favour in the eyes of men; they hated and persecuted him, because both by his life and preaching he condemned the world: but he found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and this made him more truly honourable than the men of renown. Let this be our chief desire, let us labour that we may be accepted of him. When the rest of the world was wicked, Noah kept his integrity. God's good-will towards Noah produced this good work in him. He was a just man, that is, justified before God, by faith in the promised Seed. As such he was made holy, and had right principles; and was righteous in his conversation. He was not only honest, but devout; it was his constant care to do the will of God. God looks down upon those with an eye of favour, who sincerely look up to him with an eye of faith. It is easy to be religious when religion is in fashion; but it shows strong faith and resolution, to swim against the stream, and to appear for God when no one else appears for him; Noah did so. All kinds of sin were found among men. They corrupted God's worship. Sin fills the earth with violence, and this fully justified God's resolution to destroy the world. The contagion spread. When wickedness is become general, ruin is not far off; while there is a remnant of praying people in a nation, to empty the measure as it fills, judgments may be long kept off; but when all hands are at work to pull down the fences, by sin, and none stand in the gap to make up the breach, what can be expected but a flood of wrath?

Verses 12-21 God told Noah his purpose to destroy the wicked world by water. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him, Ps. 25:14 . It is with all believers, enabling them to understand and apply the declarations and warnings of the written word. God chose to do it by a flood of waters, which should drown the world. As he chooses the rod with which he corrects his children, so he chooses the sword with which he cuts off his enemies. God established his covenant with Noah. This is the first place in the Bible where the word 'covenant' is found; it seems to mean, 1. The covenant of providence; that the course of nature shall be continued to the end of time. 2. The covenant of grace; that God would be a God to Noah, and that out of his seed God would take to himself a people. God directed Noah to make an ark. This ark was like the hulk of a ship, fitted to float upon the waters. It was very large, half the size of St. Paul's cathedral, and would hold more than eighteen of the largest ships now used. God could have secured Noah without putting him to any care, or pains, or trouble; but employed him in making that which was to be the means to preserve him, for the trial of his faith and obedience. Both the providence of God, and the grace of God, own and crown the obedient and diligent. God gave Noah particular orders how to make the ark, which could not therefore but be well fitted for the purpose. God promised Noah that he and his family should be kept alive in the ark. What we do in obedience to God, we and our families are likely to have the benefit of. The piety of parents gets their children good in this life, and furthers them in the way to eternal life, if they improve it.

Verse 22 Noah's faith triumphed over all corrupt reasonings. To rear so large a building, such a one as he never saw, and to provide food for the living creatures, would require from him a great deal of care, and labour, and expense. His neighbours would laugh at him. But all such objections, Noah, by faith, got over; his obedience was ready and resolute. Having begun to build, he did not leave off till he had finished: so did he, and so must we do. He feared the deluge, and therefore prepared the ark. And in the warning given to Noah, there is a more solemn warning given to us, to flee from the wrath to come, which will sweep the world of unbelievers into the pit of destruction. Christ, the true Noah, which same shall comfort us, hath by his sufferings already prepared the ark, and kindly invites us by faith to enter in. While the day of his patience continues, let us hear and obey his voice.

Chapter Summary


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.

Génesis 6 Commentaries

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