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. The contagion spread. said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 9:1-17) 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. As such he was made holy, and had right principles; and was righteous in his conversation. said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. The heart was deceitful and desperately wicked; the principles were corrupt; the habits and dispositions evil. 21And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. (22)1-7 The most remarkable thing concerning the old world, is the destroying of it by the deluge, or flood. There was no good among them. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 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.
Both the providence of God, and the grace of God, own and crown the obedient and diligent. 4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Oh that we may look on Him whom we have grieved, and mourn! 16 A window shalt thou make to the arke, and in a cubite shalt thou finish it aboue; and the doore of the arke shalt thou set in the side thereof: With lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
1 And it came to passe, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were borne vnto them: 2 That the sonnes of God saw the daughters of men, that they were faire, and they took them wiues, of all which they chose. We are told of the abounding iniquity of that wicked world: God's just wrath, and his holy resolution to punish it. The wickedness of the world which provoked God's wrath. What we do in obedience to God, we and our families are likely to have the benefit of. 10And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 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.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them. 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.
19And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. 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 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. (8-11) Noah warned of the flood, The directions respecting the ark. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. 22Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. While the day of his patience continues, let us hear and obey his voice.Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. 12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. God's good-will towards Noah produced this good work in him. God established his covenant with Noah. 17 And behold, I, euen I doe bring a flood of waters vpon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life from vnder heauen, and euery thing that is in the earth shall die. 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. It was very large, half the size of St. Paul's cathedral, and would hold more than eighteen of the largest ships now used.
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 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. 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. Genesis 6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
God repented that he had made man; but we never find him repent that he redeemed man. God gave Noah particular orders how to make the ark, which could not therefore but be well fitted for the purpose. 15And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. God speaks of resolution concerning men, after his Spirit had been long striving with them in vain. Genesis 6. every…: or, the whole imagination: the Hebrew word signifieth not only the imagination, but also the purposes and desires.
5 ¶ And God saw, that the wickednes of man was great in the earth, and that euery imagination of the thoughts of his heart was onely euill continually. This was the bitter root, the corrupt spring. He feared the deluge, and therefore prepared the ark.