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Genesis 6:5-8

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 6:5
  • Genesis 6:6
  • Genesis 6:7
  • Genesis 6:8

Genesis is a book about many beginnings. The beginnings of the world, the human race, sin and redemption, and the nation of Israel to name a few. In fact, the word Genesis from the Greek means “origin,” and in Hebrew it means “beginning.” The book of Genesis contains the events of the flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the lives of the Patriarchs.

In the beginning, God created everything by simply speaking, “God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15). This is not a scientific technical account of creation, but it shows a loving God creating a universe and mankind to rule it and fellowship with God. Man was formed especially from the ground and given the breath of life from God. The woman was made from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:7).

After man fell into sin, things began to spin out of control quickly. Cain murdered his brother Abel and the human race became so violent that God decided to destroy them all with a flood. God saved one righteous man (Noah) and his family in an ark filled with animals to deliver the human race from extinction. God chose Abraham and blessed a special group of people named “Israel.” God began to unfold a plan of salvation from a coming famine by sending Joseph to rule in Egypt. The failure of man in every circumstance is met by the salvation of God. We fail, but the good news is God saves us.


Genesis chapter six covers the beginning of the famous flood story of Noah and the ark. During the time of Noah, the world had become a terrible place. The earth was filled with violence. Every thought and action was motivated by wicked intent. God’s kindness and warnings to mankind had not been successful, man chose to carry on in his evil ways. God sent His judgment in the form of a flood, wiping out wickedness from the earth. Only Noah (who was faithful and obedient to God) and his family were saved. In the flood story, we find divine judgment as well as God’s grace.


God saw that the wickedness of man was great and there was only evil in his heart continually. This grieved the Lord. God decided to bring a judgment to the world. Noah was the only one who found favor in God’s sight.

Verses five through eight serve as the introduction to the flood story. God saw the wickedness of man was great on the earth. It was more than the corruption of human nature, it was open, daring sin, and rebellion against God.

In Genesis chapter one, God prepared the earth for Adam and Eve. With the flood, God takes back the earth because humankind became corrupt and did not walk in God’s ways. God was sorry that He had made man. Because Adam and Eve sinned, their life would be filled with pain. But sin in the human race brought pain to God. He was grieved in His heart, literally, “it pained into His heart.” We might say that the terrible sins of man offended Him so much, “it broke God’s heart.” The creation of mankind was not an error on God’s part; it was what mankind made out of it himself that caused remorse in God.

Both man and beasts were to be destroyed. In Genesis 6:7 it is interesting to note that the term “blot out” means to wash away, similar to wiping off a teacher’s blackboard. Here, God was going to wash away mankind with a global flood. In God’s eyes, the whole earth (man, animals, and birds) was polluted by the wickedness of man. With the exception of Noah, there was no one to call upon the name of the Lord. Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Biblical Text

5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

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