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Increasing Corruption on Earth | Genesis 6:1-4

​1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, 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.

Genesis 6:1-4 (NASB95)

Expansion and decline

So mankind, according to God’s blessing (Gen 1:28), multiplied on the earth. Some estimate the world population was over a billion. But they also increased in decadence. So Good decided to wipe them out with a flood. “There were two major reasons for the flood: the sins of the sons of God (vv. 1-4), and the sins of humankind generally (vv. 5-8).” (planobiblechapel.org) First, the sins of the sons of God. 

Who are these sons of God?

There is much debate over this topic. This link provides a summary of three most common ones. I believe a plain reading of the text indicates they were fallen angels, i. e., demons. We won’t spend time here since it is of small consequence. The focus of the passage is on the increasing corruption of the earth and mankind that led to the Lord’s decision to send the flood. 

Enough is enough

God had had enough. Sin had run its course. He didn’t want to continue to deal with it. “God delights in mercy, and therefore a gracious warning is given. Even at this time the earth was ripe for destruction; but God promised them one hundred and twenty years’ respite: if they repented in that interim, well; if not, they should be destroyed by a flood.” (Clarke’s commentary)


Who are these Nephilim? In the context, it seems to me they are the children of the sexual union of sons of God and the women of men mentioned above. They were mighty (some think they were giants) as a result of this cross-breeding. We’re told they existed after the flood. It’s possible they were the ones the spies saw in Num.13:31-33 and maybe Goliath was one. Why they don’t exist today we can only guess God won’t allow it.


  • If we see anything in this passage, it would be what? God’s mercy. He could have wiped out man immediately in complete justice, but His mercy prevailed. And it prevails in today’s wicked world. 
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