The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
1Now it came to pass, #Gen. 1:28when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they #Deut. 7:3, 4took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3And the Lord said, #Gen. 41:38; (Gal. 5:16, 17); 1 Pet. 3:19, 20“My Spirit shall not #2 Thess. 2:7strive with man forever, #Ps. 78:39for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4There were giants on the earth in those #Num. 13:32, 33; Luke 17:27days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
5Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every #Gen. 8:21; Ps. 14:1–3; Prov. 6:18; Matt. 15:19; Rom. 1:28–32intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And #Gen. 6:7; 1 Sam. 15:11, 29; 2 Sam. 24:16; Jer. 18:7–10; Zech. 8:14the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and #Ps. 78:40; Is. 63:10; Eph. 4:30He was grieved in His #Mark 3:5heart. 7So the Lord said, “I will #Gen. 7:4, 23; Deut. 28:63; 29:20; Ps. 7:11destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8But Noah #Gen. 19:19; Ex. 33:12, 17; Luke 1:30; Acts 7:46found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah Pleases God
9This is the genealogy of Noah. #Gen. 7:1; Ezek. 14:14, 20; Heb. 11:7; 2 Pet. 2:5Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah #Gen. 5:22, 24; 2 Kin. 23:3walked with God. 10And Noah begot three sons: #Gen. 5:32; 7:13Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11The earth also was corrupt #Deut. 31:29; Judg. 2:19; Rom. 2:13before God, and the earth was #Ezek. 8:17filled with violence. 12So God #Ps. 14:2; 53:2, 3looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for #Ps. 14:1–3; Is. 28:8all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
The Ark Prepared
13And God said to Noah, #Is. 34:1–4; Jer. 51:13; Ezek. 7:2, 3; Amos 8:2; 1 Pet. 4:7“The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; #Gen. 6:17and behold, #2 Pet. 2:4–10I will destroy them with the earth. 14Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17#Gen. 7:4, 21–23; 2 Pet. 2:5And behold, I Myself am bringing #2 Pet. 3:6floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall #Luke 16:22die. 18But I will establish My #Gen. 8:20—9:17; 17:7covenant with you; and #Gen. 7:1, 7, 13; 1 Pet. 3:20; 2 Pet. 2:5you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring #Gen. 7:2, 8, 9, 14–16two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind #Gen. 7:9, 15will come to you to keep them alive. 21And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.”
22#Gen. 7:5; 12:4, 5; Heb. 11:7Thus Noah did; #Gen. 7:5, 9, 16according to all that #(1 John 5:3)God commanded him, so he did.
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B'resheet (Gen) 6
1In time, when men began to multiply on earth, and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3Adonai said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years.” 4The N’filim were on the earth in those days, and also afterwards, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; these were the ancient heroes, men of renown.
(Maftir) 5Adonai saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only. 6Adonai regretted that he had made humankind on the earth; it grieved his heart. 7Adonai said, “I will wipe out humankind, whom I have created, from the whole earth; and not only human beings, but animals, creeping things and birds in the air; for I regret that I ever made them.” 8But Noach found grace in the sight of Adonai.
Haftarah B’resheet: Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) 42:5–43:10 (A); 42:5–21 (S)
B’rit Hadashah suggested readings for Parashah B’resheet: Mattityahu (Matthew) 1:1–17; 19:3–9; Mark 10:1–12; Luke 3:23–38; Yochanan (John) 1:1–18; 1 Corinthians 6:15–20; 15:35–58; Romans 5:12–21; Ephesians 5:21–32; Colossians 1:14–17; 1 Timothy 2:11–15; Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 1:1–3; 3:7–4:11; 11:1–7; 2 Kefa (2 Peter) 3:3–14; Revelation 21:1–5; 22:1–5
Parashah 2: Noach (Noah) 6:9–11:32
9Here is the history of Noach. In his generation, Noach was a man righteous and wholehearted; Noach walked with God. 10Noach fathered three sons, Shem, Ham and Yefet. 11The earth was corrupt before God, the earth was filled with violence. 12God saw the earth, and, yes, it was corrupt; for all living beings had corrupted their ways on the earth.
13God said to Noach, “The end of all living beings has come before me, for because of them the earth is filled with violence. I will destroy them along with the earth. 14Make yourself an ark of gofer-wood; you are to make the ark with rooms and cover it with pitch both outside and inside. 15Here is how you are to build it: the length of the ark is to be 450 feet, its width seventy-five feet and its height forty-five feet. 16You are to make an opening for daylight in the ark eighteen inches below its roof. Put a door in its side; and build it with lower, second and third decks.
17“Then I myself will bring the flood of water over the earth to destroy from under heaven every living thing that breathes; everything on earth will be destroyed. 18But I will establish my covenant with you; you will come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife and your sons’ wives with you.
19“From everything living, from each kind of living being, you are to bring two into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they are to be male and female. 20Of each kind of bird, each kind of livestock, and each kind of animal creeping on the ground, two are to come to you, so that they can be kept alive. 21Also take from all the kinds of food that are eaten, and collect it for yourself; it is to be food for you and for them.” 22This is what Noach did; he did all that God ordered him to do.
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