1 IWhen peopleII beganIII to multiplyIV
on the faceV of the ground,VI and daughtersVII were bornVIII to them,
2 the sonsIX of GodX sawXI, XII
that they were fair;XIII and they took wivesXIV for themselves of all that they chose.XV
3 Then the LordXVI said, “My spiritXVII shall not abideXVIII in mortalsXIX forever,XX for they are flesh;XXI their days shall be one hundredXXII twenty years.”
4 The NephilimXXIII were on the earthXXIV in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans,XXV who boreXXVI children to them.
These were the heroesXXVII that were of old,XXVIII warriorsXXIX of renown.XXX
5 The Lord saw that the wickednessXXXI of humankindXXXII was greatXXXIII in the earth,
and that every inclinationXXXIV of the thoughtsXXXV of their heartsXXXVI was onlyXXXVII evilXXXVIII continually.XXXIX
6 And the Lord was sorryXL that he had madeXLI humankind on the earth, and it grievedXLII him to his heart.
7 So the Lord said, “I will blot outXLIII from theXLIV earth the human beingsXLV I have createdXLVI—
people together with animalsXLVII and creeping thingsXLVIII and birdsXLIX of the air,L for I am sorry that I have made them.”
8 But NoahLI foundLII favorLIII in the sightLIV of the Lord.
9 These are the descendantsLV of Noah. Noah was a righteousLVI man,LVII blamelessLVIII in his generation;LIX Noah walkedLX with God.
10 And Noah hadLXI threeLXII sons, Shem,LXIII Ham,LXIV and Japheth.LXV
11 Now the earth was corruptLXVI in God’s sight,LXVII and the earth was filledLXVIII with violence.LXIX 12 And God saw that the earthLXX was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its waysLXXI upon the earth.
13 And God said to Noah, “ILXXII have determined to make an endLXXIII of all flesh,LXXIV for the earth is filled with violence because ofLXXV them; nowLXXVI I am going to destroyLXXVII them along with the earth.
14 Make yourself an arkLXXVIII of cypressLXXIX wood;LXXX
make roomsLXXXI in the ark, and coverLXXXII it insideLXXXIII and outLXXXIV with pitch.LXXXV
15 This is how you are to make it: the lengthLXXXVI of the ark three hundred cubits,LXXXVII its widthLXXXVIII fifty cubits, and its heightLXXXIX thirtyXC cubits.
16 Make a roofXCI for the ark, and finishXCII it to a cubit above; and putXCIII the doorXCIV of the ark in its side;XCV make it with lower, second,XCVI and thirdXCVII decks.
17 For my part, IXCVIII am going to bring a floodXCIX of watersC on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breathCI of life;CII everything that is on the earth shall die.CIII
18 But I will establishCIV my covenantCV with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing,CVI of all flesh, you shall bring twoCVII of every kind into the ark,
to keep them aliveCVIII with you; they shall be maleCIX and female.CX 20 Of the birds according to their kinds,CXI and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive.
21 Also take with you every kind of foodCXII that is eaten,CXIII and storeCXIV it up; and it shall serveCXV as foodCXVI for you and for them.” 22 Noah didCXVII this; he did all that God commandedCXVIII him.
Image credit: “The Sons of God Saw the Daughters of Men That They Were Fair” by Daniel Chester French, 1923.