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Song of Solomon
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1 When men began to multiply on the surface of
the ground, and daughters were born to them, 2 God’s sons saw that men’s
daughters were beautiful, and they took any that they wanted for themselves as
wives. 3 Jehovah said, “My Spirit will not strive with man forever,
because he also is flesh; so his days will be one hundred twenty years.” 4 The
Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when God’s sons
came in to men’s daughters and had children with them. Those were the mighty
men who were of old, men of renown.
5 Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was
great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart
was continually only evil. 6 Jehovah was sorry that he had made man on the
earth, and it grieved him in his heart. 7 Jehovah said, “I will destroy
man whom I have created from the surface of the ground—man, along with animals,
creeping things, and birds of the sky—for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But
Noah found favor in Jehovah’s eyes.
9 This is the history of the generations of Noah:
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time. Noah walked
with God. 10 Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with
violence. 12 God saw the earth, and saw that it was corrupt, for all flesh
had corrupted their way on the earth.
13 God said to Noah, “I will bring an end to all
flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will
destroy them and the earth. 14 Make a ship of gopher wood. You shall make
rooms in the ship, and shall seal it inside and outside with pitch. 15 This
is how you shall make it. The length of the ship shall be three hundred cubits,
its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a
roof in the ship, and you shall finish it to a cubit upward. You shall set the
door of the ship in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third
levels. 17 I, even I, do bring the flood of waters on this earth, to
destroy all flesh having the breath of life from under the sky. Everything that
is in the earth will die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you.
You shall come into the ship, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives
with you. 19 Of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of
every sort into the ship, to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and
female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, of the livestock after their
kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every sort
will come to you, to keep them alive. 21 Take with you of all food that is
eaten, and gather it to yourself; and it will be for food for you, and for
them.” 22 Thus Noah did. He did all that God commanded him.
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