Genesis 6:1
New International Version
When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,

New Living Translation
Then the people began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them.

English Standard Version
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them,

Berean Study Bible
Now when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them,

King James Bible
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

New King James Version
Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,

New American Standard Bible
Now it came about, when mankind began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,

NASB 1995
Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,

NASB 1977
Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,

Amplified Bible
Now it happened, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,

Christian Standard Bible
When mankind began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When mankind began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them,

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it was that when sons of men began to multiply on the face of the Earth and daughters were born to them,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And it came to pass when men began to be numerous upon the earth, and daughters were born to them,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after that men began to be multiplied upon the earth, and daughters were born to them.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them,

Good News Translation
When people had spread all over the world, and daughters were being born,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The number of people increased all over the earth, and daughters were born to them.

International Standard Version
Now after the population of human beings had increased throughout the earth, and daughters had been born to them,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

Literal Standard Version
And it comes to pass that mankind has begun to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters have been born to them,

NET Bible
When humankind began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,

New Heart English Bible
And it happened, when humankind began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,

World English Bible
It happened, when men began to multiply on the surface of the ground, and daughters were born to them,

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass that mankind have begun to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters have been born to them,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Corruption on the Earth
1Now when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they took as wives whomever they chose.…

Cross References
Genesis 5:32
After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Genesis 6:2
the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they took as wives whomever they chose.


Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,

A.

Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.









VI.

(1) When men (the adam) began to multiply.--The multiplication of the race of Adam was probably comparatively slow, because of the great age to which each patriarch attained before his first-born was brought into the world: though, as the name given is not necessarily that of the eldest, but of the son who enjoyed the birthright, it does not follow that in every case the one named was absolutely the eldest son. There may have been other substitutions besides that of Seth for Cain; and Noah, born when his father was 182 years of age, seems a case in point. He was selected to be the restorer of mankind because of his piety, and may have had many brothers and sisters older than himself. Each patriarch, however, begat "sons and daughters," and as we find Cain building a city, he must have seen, at all events, the possibility of a considerable population settling round him. It was probably, as we saw above, about the time of Enoch that the corruption of the family of Adam began to become general.

Verses 1, 2. - And it came to pass. Literally, it was; not in immediate sequence to the preceding chapter, but at some earlier point in the antediluvian period; perhaps about the time of Enoch (corresponding to that of Lamech the Cainite), if not in the days of Enos. Havernick joins the passage with Genesis 4:26. When men - ha'adham, i.e. the human race in general, and not the posterity of Cain in particular (Ainsworth, Rosenmüller, Bush) - began to multiply - in virtue of the Divine blessing (Genesis 1:28) - on (or over) the face of the earth. "Alluding to the population spreading itself out as well as increasing" (Bonar). And daughters were born unto them. Not referring to any special increase of the female sex (Lange), but simply indicating the quarter whence the danger to the pious Sethites rose: "who became snares to the race of Seth" (Wordsworth). That the sons of God. Bene-ha Elohim.

1. Not young men of the upper ranks, as distinguished from maidens of humble birth (Onk., Jon., Sym., Aben Ezra); an opinion which "may now be regarded as exploded" (Lange).

2. Still less the angels (LXX., - some MSS. having ἄγγελοι τοῦ θεοῦ, - Philo, Josephus, Justin Martyr, Clement, Tertullian, Luther, Gesenius, Rosenmüller, Von Bohlen, Ewald, Baumgarten, Delitzsch, Kurtz, Hengstenberg, Alford); for

(1) they are either good angels, in which case they might be rightly styled sons of God (Psalm 29:1; Psalm 89:7; Job 1:6; Job 2:1; Job 38:7; Daniel 3:25), though it is doubtful if this expression does not denote their official rather than natural relationship to God, but it is certain they would not be guilty of the sin here referred to; or they are bad angels, in which ease they might readily enough commit the sin, if it were possible, but certainly they would not be called "the sons of God." . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now
וַֽיְהִי֙ (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

when
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

men
הָֽאָדָ֔ם (hā·’ā·ḏām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

began
הֵחֵ֣ל (hê·ḥêl)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2490: To bore, to wound, to dissolve, to profane, to break, to begin, to play

to multiply
לָרֹ֖ב (lā·rōḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7231: To cast together, increase, in number, to multiply by the myriad

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the face
פְּנֵ֣י (pə·nê)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

of the earth
הָֽאֲדָמָ֑ה (hā·’ă·ḏā·māh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 127: Ground, land

and daughters
וּבָנ֖וֹת (ū·ḇā·nō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 1323: A daughter

were born
יֻלְּד֥וּ (yul·lə·ḏū)
Verb - QalPass - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

to them,
לָהֶֽם׃ (lā·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew


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