Genesis 6:8
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English Standard Version
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

King James Bible
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

American Standard Version
But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Noe found grace before the Lord.

English Revised Version
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 6:8 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Now when the wickedness of man became great, and "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil the whole day," i.e., continually and altogether evil, it repented God that He had made man, and He determined to destroy them. This determination and the motive assigned are also irreconcilable with the angel-theory. "Had the godless race, which God destroyed by the flood, sprung either entirely or in part from the marriage of angels to the daughters of men, it would no longer have been the race first created by God in Adam, but a grotesque product of the Adamitic factor created by God, and an entirely foreign and angelic factor" (Phil.).

(Note: When, on the other hand, the supporters of the angel marriages maintain that it is only on this interpretation that the necessity for the flood, i.e., for the complete destruction of the whole human race with the exception of righteous Noah, can be understood, not only is there no scriptural foundation for this argument, but it is decidedly at variance with those statements of the Scriptures, which speak of the corruption of the men whom God had created, and not of a race that had arisen through an unnatural connection of angels and men and forced their way into God's creation. If it were really the case, that it would otherwise be impossible to understand where the necessity could lie, for all the rest of the human race to be destroyed and a new beginning to be made, whereas afterwards, when Abraham was chosen, the rest of the human race was not only spared, but preserved for subsequent participation in the blessings of salvation: we should only need to call Job to mind, who also could not comprehend the necessity for the fearful sufferings which overwhelmed him, and was unable to discover the justice of God, but who was afterwards taught a better lesson by God Himself, and reproved for his rash conclusions, as a sufficient proof of the deceptive and futile character of all such human reasoning.) But this is not the true state of the case. The Scriptures expressly affirm, that after the flood the moral corruption of man was the same as before the flood; for they describe it in Genesis 8:21 in the very same words as in Genesis 6:5 : and the reason they assign for the same judgment not being repeated, is simply the promise that God would no more smite and destroy all living, as He had done before-an evident proof that God expected no change in human nature, and out of pure mercy and long-suffering would never send a second flood. "Now, if the race destroyed had been one that sprang from angel-fathers, it is difficult to understand why no improvement was to be looked for after the flood; for the repetition of any such unnatural angel-tragedy was certainly not probable, and still less inevitable" (Philippi).)

The force of ינּחם, "it repented the Lord," may be gathered from the explanatory יתעצּב, "it grieved Him at His heart." This shows that the repentance of God does not presuppose any variableness in His nature of His purposes. In this sense God never repents of anything (1 Samuel 15:29), "quia nihil illi inopinatum vel non praevisum accidit" (Calvin). The repentance of God is an anthropomorphic expression for the pain of the divine love at the sin of man, and signifies that "God is hurt no less by the atrocious sins of men than if they pierced His heart with mortal anguish" (Calvin). The destruction of all, "from man unto beast," etc., is to be explained on the ground of the sovereignty of man upon the earth, the irrational creatures being created for him, and therefore involved in his fall. This destruction, however, was not to bring the human race to an end. "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." In these words mercy is seen in the midst of wrath, pledging the preservation and restoration of humanity.

Genesis 6:8 Parallel Commentaries

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Genesis 19:19 Behold now, your servant has found grace in your sight, and you have magnified your mercy, which you have showed to me in saving my life...

Exodus 33:12-17 And Moses said to the LORD, See, you say to me, Bring up this people: and you have not let me know whom you will send with me...

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserves all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Proverbs 3:4 So shall you find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Jeremiah 31:2 Thus said the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel...

Luke 1:30 And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.

Acts 7:46 Who found favor before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

Romans 4:4 Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace...

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed on me was not in vain...

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

2 Timothy 1:18 The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered to me at Ephesus...

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness...

Cross References
Matthew 24:37
For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Luke 1:30
And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Luke 17:26
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.

1 Peter 3:20
because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.

2 Peter 2:5
if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Genesis 19:19
Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die.

Exodus 33:17
And the LORD said to Moses, "This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name."

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