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Genesis 6:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And it came to pass when mankind began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And it came to pass, when men had begun to multiply on the face of the ground and, daughters, had been born to them,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And it cometh to pass that mankind have begun to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters have been born to them,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And after that men began to be multiplied upon the earth, and daughters were born to them,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And it came to passe, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were borne vnto them:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And it came to pass when men began to be numerous upon the earth, and daughters were born to them,
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And it came to pass, x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
when x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
men 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
began 2490
{2490} Prime
חָלַל
chalal
{khaw-lal'}
A primitive root (compare H2470); properly to bore, that is, (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; figuratively to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an opening-wedge); denominatively (from H2485) to play (the flute).
z8689
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
to multiply 7231
{7231} Prime
רָבַב
rabab
{raw-bab'}
A primitive root; properly to cast together (compare H7241), that is, increase, especially in number; also (as denominative from H7233) to multiply by the myriad.
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
on 5921
{5921} Prime
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the face 6440
{6440} Prime
פָּנִים
paniym
{paw-neem'}
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
of the earth, 127
{0127} Prime
אֲדָמָה
'adamah
{ad-aw-maw'}
From H0119; soil (from its general redness).
and daughters 1323
{1323} Prime
בַּת
bath
{bath}
From H1129 (as feminine of H1121); a daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively).
were born 3205
{3205} Prime
יָלַד
yalad
{yaw-lad'}
A primitive root; to bear young; causatively to beget; medically to act as midwife; specifically to show lineage.
z8795
<8795> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 199
unto them,
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 6:1

_ _ Genesis 6:1-22. Wickedness of the world.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Genesis 6:1-2

_ _ For the glory of God's justice, and for warning to a wicked world, before the history of the ruin of the old world, we have a full account of its degeneracy, its apostasy from God and rebellion against him. The destroying of it was an act, not of an absolute sovereignty, but of necessary justice, for the maintaining of the honour of God's government. Now here we have an account of two things which occasioned the wickedness of the old world: — 1. The increase of mankind: Men began to multiply upon the face of the earth. This was the effect of the blessing (Genesis 1:28), and yet man's corruption so abused and perverted this blessing that it was turned into a curse. Thus sin takes occasion by the mercies of God to be the more exceedingly sinful. Proverbs 29:16, When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth. The more sinners the more sin; and the multitude of offenders emboldens men. Infectious diseases are most destructive in populous cities; and sin is a spreading leprosy. Thus in the New Testament church, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring (Acts 6:1), and we read of a nation that was multiplied, not to the increase of their joy, Isaiah 9:3. Numerous families need to be well-governed, lest they become wicked families. 2. Mixed marriages (Genesis 6:2): The sons of God (that is, the professors of religion, who were called by the name of the Lord, and called upon that name), married the daughters of men, that is, those that were profane, and strangers to God and godliness. The posterity of Seth did not keep by themselves, as they ought to have done, both for the preservation of their own purity and in detestation of the apostasy. They intermingled themselves with the excommunicated race of Cain: They took them wives of all that they chose. But what was amiss in these marriages? (1.) They chose only by the eye: They saw that they were fair, which was all they looked at. (2.) They followed the choice which their own corrupt affections made: they took all that they chose, without advice and consideration. But, (3.) That which proved of such bad consequence to them was that they married strange wives, were unequally yoked with unbelievers, 2 Corinthians 6:14. This was forbidden to Israel, Deuteronomy 7:3, Deuteronomy 7:4. It was the unhappy occasion of Solomon's apostasy (1 Kings 11:1-4), and was of bad consequence to the Jews after their return out of Babylon, Ezra 9:1, Ezra 9:2. Note, Professors of religion, in marrying both themselves and their children, should make conscience of keeping within the bounds of profession. The bad will sooner debauch the good than the good reform the bad. Those that profess themselves the children of God must not marry without his consent, which they have not if they join in affinity with his enemies.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 6:1

Men began to multiply upon the face of the earth — This was the effect of the blessing, Genesis 1:28, and yet man's corruption so abused this blessing, that it turned into a curse.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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am 1556, bc 2448

to multiply:

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.
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