GENESIS 6:5

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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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Genesis 6:5 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And God יְהוָ֔ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God God
saw וַיַּ֣רְא To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) saw
that כִּ֥י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed that
the wickedness רָעַ֥ת Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) wickedness
of man הָאָדָ֖ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
great רַבָּ֛ה Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) great
in the earth, בָּאָ֑רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
and every וְכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) every
that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
imagination יֵ֙צֶר֙ A form; figuratively, conception (i.e., purpose) imagination
of the thoughts מַחְשְׁבֹ֣ת A contrivance, i.e., (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice) thoughts
of his heart לִבּ֔וֹ The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything heart
was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
only רַ֥ק Properly, leanness, i.e., (figuratively) limitation; only adverbial, merely, or conjunctional, although only
evil רַ֖ע Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil
continually. הַיּֽוֹם׃ 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) continually

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  • 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.

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

  • 7  And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.




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