GENESIS 6:3

120 years

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“And the Lord 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.

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Genesis 6:3 Translation & Meaning

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And the Lord יְהוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
said, וַיֹּ֣אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
My spirit רוּחִ֤י Wind; by resemblance breath, i.e., a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions) spirit
shall not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
always לְעֹלָ֔ם Properly, concealed, i.e., the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e., (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always always
strive יָד֨וֹן To rule; by implication to judge (as umpire); also to strive (as at law) strive
with man, בָֽאָדָם֙ Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
for that he ה֣וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are for that he
also בְּשַׁגַּ֖ם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and also
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
flesh: בָשָׂ֑ר Flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphemistically) the pudenda of a man flesh
yet his days יָמָ֔יו A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) days
shall be וְהָי֣וּ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) shall be
an hundred מֵאָ֥ה A hundred; also as a multiplicative and a fraction hundred
and twenty וְעֶשְׂרִ֖ים Twenty; also (ordinal) twentieth twenty
years. שָׁנָֽה׃ A year (as a revolution of time) years

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

  • 2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

  • 3  And the Lord 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.

  • 4  There 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.

  • 5  And God 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.




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