Genesis 6:6
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New International Version
The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

New Living Translation
So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.

English Standard Version
And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

King James Bible
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

International Standard Version
Then the LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and he was deeply grieved about that.

NET Bible
The LORD regretted that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD was sorry that he had made humans on the earth, and he was heartbroken.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD repented of having made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

American King James Version
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

American Standard Version
And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It repented him that he had made man on the earth. And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart,

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah repented that he had made Man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart.

English Revised Version
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD repented that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

World English Bible
Yahweh was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah repenteth that He hath made man in the earth, and He grieveth Himself -- unto His heart.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-7 The most remarkable thing concerning the old world, is the destroying of it by the deluge, or flood. We are told of the abounding iniquity of that wicked world: God's just wrath, and his holy resolution to punish it. In all ages there has been a peculiar curse of God upon marriages between professors of true religion and its avowed enemies. The evil example of the ungodly party corrupts or greatly hurts the other. 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. If we profess to be the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty, we must not marry without his consent. He will never give his blessing, if we prefer beauty, wit, wealth, or worldly honours, to faith and holiness. 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. But the Lord declared that his Spirit should not thus strive with men always; he would leave them to be hardened in sin, and ripened for destruction. This he determined on, because man was flesh: not only frail and feeble, but carnal and depraved; having misused the noble powers of his soul to gratify his corrupt inclinations. 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. The wickedness of a people is great indeed, when noted sinners are men renowned among them. Very much sin was committed in all places, by all sorts of people. 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. This was the bitter root, the corrupt spring. The heart was deceitful and desperately wicked; the principles were corrupt; the habits and dispositions evil. Their designs and devices were wicked. They did evil deliberately, contriving how to do mischief. There was no good among them. God saw man's wickedness as one injured and wronged by it. 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. 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. Does God thus hate our sin? And shall not we be grieved to the heart for it? Oh that we may look on Him whom we have grieved, and mourn! God repented that he had made man; but we never find him repent that he redeemed man. God resolves to destroy man: the original word is very striking, 'I will wipe off man from the earth,' as dirt or filth is wiped off from a place which should be clean, and is thrown to the dunghill, the proper place for it. God speaks of man as his own creature, when he resolves upon his punishment. Those forfeit their lives who do not answer the end of their living. God speaks of resolution concerning men, after his Spirit had been long striving with them in vain. None are punished by the justice of God, but those who hate to be reformed by the grace of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - And it repented the Lord. Yinnahem; from naham, to pant, to groan; Niph., to lament, to grieve bemuse of the misery of others, also because of one's own actions; whence to repent (cf. German, rouen; English, rue: Gesenius); = "it grieved him at his heart." "Verbum nostae pravitatae accommodatum" (Chrysostom); "non est perturbatio, sod judi-cium, quo irrogatur pinna;" and again, "poenitudo Dei est mutandorum immutabilis ratio" (Augustine). "Deus est immutabilis; sed cum ii, quos eurat, mutantur, murat ipse res, prout ils expedit quos eurat" (Justin Martyr: Latin Version). "The repentance here ascribed to God does not properly belong to him, but has reference to our understanding of him (Calvin). "The repentance of God does not presuppose any variableness in his nature or purposes" Keil). "A peculiarly strong anthropathic expression, which, however, presents the truth that God, in consistency with his immutability, assumes a changed position in respect to changed man" (Lange). That he had made man on the earth. i.e. that he had created man at all, and in particular that he had settled him on the earth. And it grieved him at his heart. A touching indication that God did not hate man, and a clear proof that, though the Divine purpose is immutable, the Divine nature is not impassible.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth,.... Because of the wickedness of man, the wickedness of his heart, and the wickedness of his life and conversation, which was so general, and increased to such a degree, that it was intolerable; wherefore God could have wished, as it were, that he had never made him, since he proved so bad; not that repentance, properly speaking, can fall upon God, for he never changes his mind or alters his purposes, though he sometimes changes the course and dispensations of his providence. This is speaking by an anthropopathy, after the manner of men, because God determined to do, and did something similar to men, when they repent of anything: as a potter, when he has formed a vessel that does not please him, and he repents that he has made it, he takes it and breaks it in pieces; and so God, because of man's wickedness, and to show his aversion to it, and displicency at it, repented of his making him; that is, he resolved within himself to destroy him, as in the next verse, which explains this:

and it grieved him at his heart; this is to be understood by the same figure as before, for there can, no more be any uneasiness in his mind than a change in it; for God is a simple Being, uncompounded, and not subject to any passions and affections. This is said to observe his great hatred to sin, and abhorrence of it.



Genesis 6:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Wickedness of Man
5Then 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. 6The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7The 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."
Cross References
Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Genesis 6:7
So the LORD said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground--for I regret that I have made them."

1 Samuel 15:11
"I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.

Isaiah 63:10
Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them.

Jeremiah 18:7
If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed,
Treasury of Scripture

And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

repented.

Exodus 32:14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that …

Deuteronomy 32:36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, …

1 Samuel 15:11,29 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned …

2 Samuel 24:16 And when the angel stretched out his hand on Jerusalem to destroy …

1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, …

Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to …

Psalm 110:4 The LORD has sworn, and will not repent, You are a priest for ever …

Jeremiah 18:8-10 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, …

Jeremiah 26:19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? …

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and …

Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Hebrews 6:17,18 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise …

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down …

grieved.

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, …

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would …

Psalm 78:40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!

Psalm 81:13 Oh that my people had listened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

Psalm 95:10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It …

Psalm 119:158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not your word.

Isaiah 48:18 O that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace been …

Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned …

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

Luke 19:41,42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to …

Hebrews 3:10,17 Why I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always …

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