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Genesis 6:3 says that mans days shall be 120 years. Where does it say that they would be 70 years and why the change?

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/but I never heard of anyone who lived to 121.\-StrongAxe on 3/9/16
/Born: Jeanne Louise Calment
21 February 1875
Arles, France
Died: 4 August 1997
(aged 122 years, 164 days)
Arles, France\-wikipedia
--Now you have.
---micha9344 on 3/9/16


charles_g:

You wrote: This means 120 jubilee cycles not years and we are at the 119th cycle. we are living the last days so repent now and obey the 4th commandment.

Do you have any evidence that this is what this actually means? Is there even one single example in scripture where "one year" is written, but "one jubilee year" is actually meant?


One curious thing science has foud is that our cell DNA is like computer tape - with empty leaders at the front end called "telomeres" that get shortened with each copy. There are only enough for a human body to regenerate for 120 years. You occasionally hear about people who live to be 120, but I never heard of anyone who lived to 121.
---StrongAxe on 3/9/16


/Genesis 6:3 says that mans days shall be 120 years. Where does it say that they would be 70 years and why the change?\
The understanding of Gen 6:3 is faulty.
Gen 6:3 does not say that man's life expectancy will only be 120 years.
But Psa 90:10 does say our life expectancy may be 70 or 80 years.
---micha9344 on 3/8/16


Ps 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. (KJV)

Before the flood some men lived to be over 900 years of age, but after the flood to the time of Moses the number of years had decreased to 120 and after Moses to 70 or 80. It is my belief that this decrease is due to sin!
---trey on 3/7/16


This means 120 jubilee cycles not years and we are at the 119th cycle. we are living the last days so repent now and obey the 4th commandment.
---charles_g on 3/6/16




Genesis 6:3 says that mans days shall be 120 years. Where does it say that they would be 70 years and why the change?

Each number refers to a particular situation. Not referring to over all length of life for everyone.

The 120 years refer to the length of time it took for Noah to build the ark.

The 70 years refers to the exile in Babylon.
---jan4378 on 12/9/12


This warning was given before the Judgment of the flood actually came..."My Spirit shall not always strive with man". Two things to note: [1] The blessed Spirit strive with sinners, by the convictions and admonitions of conscience, to turn them from sin to God, [2] If the Spirit be resisted, quenched, and striven against, [who would be dumb enough], though He strive long, He will not strive aways. [Hos. 4:17] "Joined to idols let him alone". And [Hos. 13:2] and now they sin more and more [condensed]. A reference: The human spiritGod placed in humans world not alway abide. MANKIND WAS DOOMED TO DEATH.
---pat on 11/9/12


The actual literal translation of G6:3 is...... And Jehovah saith, `My Spirit doth not strive in man -- to the age, in their erring they [are] flesh:' and his days have been an hundred and twenty years.
---josh on 11/7/12


The flood came 100 years later. The 3 sons had wives before the flood and at least each are 100 yrs old or older. There was a possibility that the 3 sons of Noah had also sons and daughters of their own before the flood. The fact that this was not mentioned, we can not say that only 8 people were inside the ark and lived. Duaghters were not mentioned during those days. See Gen 5:2 God called male and female --as man. Please give your views.
---Dado_M on 8/15/10


The 120 years is not very clear. Noah was 500 years old when his 3 sons were born. The flood came when Noah was 600 years old. Does it means that Noah started building the ark before his 3 sons where born? I do not think that the 120 years represents the time that God gave Noah to start the ark to the day of the flood. Within a 100 years time when the sons were born, they could also have sons and daughters with them. Why God did not include the sons and daughters in the ark?

120 years does not represent the life span of men because there were lots of men lived past that number after the flood.
---Dado_M. on 8/3/10




I always thought the 70 years was a curse on the Jews in the wilderness because of their disobedience to go into the promise land.
Man used to live for hundreds of years but because wickedness was so rampant
God really gave man 120 years to live -according to Gen 6:3. Of course environment, how we take care of ourselves etc comes into play.
---Holly on 4/13/10


I think that there are many factors that led to the decline of our ages. Mainly I believe that there was a canopy around the earth of Ice and water that created a green house effect. During the flood that canopy was broken apart contributing to the flood and explaining the fossils, a breaking up of Pangea, the seasons and shortened life. Also the eating meat might have contributed to it, I cannot find anywhere before the flood where they ate meat. If I am wrong please let me know on this. Not until the flood did all this start to occur.
Read Genesis 1:7, 8:22
---william on 3/16/10


an idea, At this man lived 900yrs +or-

Gen. 6:3 God says His Spirit will not always strive with man and mans days will be 120 yrs.
God was displeased with mankind.
Gen.6:8 Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord
God told Noah to build the ark, from that time until God shut the door was 120 yrs. and God's judgement fell on mankind.
Mans life from commission to judgement was 120 yrs.
After the flood man's longevity diminished.
---michael_e on 3/16/10


God said that mans age limit will be 120 years. I believe that.

In the wilderness, thier life span was about 70 years. If we read psalm 90:10 in the context of what was happenng in the wilderness with moses (War etc).
we should see that Moses realized that while in the wilderness thier lifespan was barely more than 70 years.

Psalms 90 was written by Moses in the wilderness

I do not believe that psalms 90 is a contradition to what God sais about the 120 years.
---francis on 2/10/10


Then 6000 years is 6 days, that would mean we are at the
Brink of the millennia reign.
---Rietta on 2/8/10

And whose calendar are you using?

The Jewish calendar lists the year as 5770. According to that we have 230 Jewish years (360 days) and 226 Gregorian years (365 days) until the seventh day.

Please stop the numerology. The only number you need to know is John 3:16.
---Mark_Eaton on 2/9/10


Psalm 90:10 generation is 70 years.
Have you seen the Daniel timeline? Excellent!
In here we can see that Dewey talk about
The jubilee years that equal 50 years each.
So the 120 years times 50 years equal 6000 years.
So if one day is like a thousand years for YHWH
Then 6000 years is 6 days, that would mean we are at the
Brink of the millennia reign.
And that will also make sense that the 120 years means 120 times 50 jubilee
Years.
---Rietta on 2/8/10


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The 120 years look forward to Moses. The lifespan genealogies of Gen 5, Gen 11 and Ex 6 end with Moses, the man who lived exactly 120 years. After this, the lifespan genealogies are no longer used. During the life of Moses God birthed His kingdom on earth and at Sinai God came and gave His law, His written law, to His citizens. Before this time interaction with God had been more tangible and unmediated. After this time God's government was mediated by men. K Jentoft
---jentoft on 3/29/09


I find it curious that the same book of the Bible that gave mankind permission to eat meat also gave mankind a limited number of years (compared to his ancestors). Is that irony or is there a connection there?
---Dave on 5/15/08


Psalm 90:"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." Man was meant to live forever,but because of sin, we could not.After the fall,the lifespan was around 900 years because of populating the earth,but it was a result of sin that it was shortened to 70.
---Ann5758 on 1/16/08


I have read your replies to this topic, and am still a bit confused, The line says: My Spirit shall not always strive (Verb 1. strive - attempt by employing effort;) with man, for that he ALSO is flesh. Now Also would include himself would it not? So, it is my opinion that he was giving his remaining time on earth as flesh, not the lifespan of man, Noah lived much longer than 120 years after the flood.
---Michael on 6/11/07


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It was exactly 120 years till the flood.
---Rick on 3/18/07


Methuslah was the longest lived man according to Gen 5:25 to 27. Before flood, man were vegetarians..after, God introed meat for till vegetation grew again but man acquired taste for meat and never gave up. man's growth and age decreased from there..
---jana on 6/5/06


An individual life lasts about 70 to 80 years. All of the individuals born at a certain time including the events of that period will last about 120 years, a generation. All of man's bright days and gloomy will last him 120 years.
---gregg8944 on 8/6/05


In my citation below part 1 of 1 the search expression should be:

((Lifespan) AND "Canopy Theory")

Microsoft Word does not use an askii II quote character and they fall off when transmited.
---phia4633 on 8/6/05


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Part 1 of 3

Ann and Daniels answers are about the best ones, it has to do with s subject called Canopy Theory try pasting this search into to Google and executing it. You will still get a lot of hits but most will be useful. Always set you references per page to max, it is a lot quicker then 10 page refreshes.

((Lifespan) AND Canopy Theory)

It has to do with the amount of ultraviolet the earth was getting effecting longevity.
---phia4633 on 8/6/05


Part 2 of 3

By the time of the Exile the average life span of a Hebrew slave was about 40 years (nothing to do with climatic conditions just to maltreatment and a hard life) one generation that is why the number 40 shows up so much it is not a literal 40, it is simply a reference to a block of time of roughly a generation.
---phia4633 on 8/6/05


Part 3 of 3

A couple of technical hints that make Internet life much easier, use the Google tool bar for no other reason then the site search feature. I can find files on servers that arent even publicly linked. I use Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Firefox concurrently. That way you can work doing searches without loosing youre the currency of your file positions. Build your post off line in word processor if they are multi part load them in reverse order.
---phia4633 on 8/6/05


James: I want to add that in studying this further, I've come across some who actually do apply Gen6:3 to our lifespans. BUT they must say God meant it for the future; not before nor for quite some time after the Flood, because people lived for hundreds of years after the flood too! On top of that, it doesn't agree with Psalm 90:10 (we've already referenced). Today, the idea is often promoted by those who wish to sell you "life-extending products" (meaning = ulterior motives)!
---Daniel on 7/30/05


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James -- I was falling asleep on my chair when I answered this last night, and didn't spend the time I should have reading for the context! I sincerely apologize for this. Genesis 6:3 has nothing to do with how long our average lifespans were! It was only how much longer God was going to allow all mankind (except Noah and his family) to live on the earth, before sending the Flood! Sorry about that.
---Daniel on 7/28/05


First off, Genesis 6:3 takes place BEFORE the Flood; a great deal changed after that world-wide cataclysmic event! The other verse is found in Psalms 90:10 (it says a "Prayer of Moses"; but I don't know for sure who wrote it), but 70 yrs. is just an observation on life made by its author... not a decree from God! In other words, it's neither a promise we'll all live that long, nor that we must all die then (in fact the verse says you may also live to 80).
---Daniel on 7/28/05


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