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Explain Genesis 6:6-7

Genesis 6:6-7, says the Lord repented. Is that the same as when we repent?

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 ---jerry on 10/14/05
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Repent in this context means God had regrets for making man . He saw how evil they had become. It wasn't His intention or plan for us. He created us in His image to worship HIM.It pained Him to watch this , he knew it would only get worse.These people turned away from God. They had no love for God or each other. I am sure he didn't want to do this but He was left with not much of a choice. Repent for us is turning away from our sins because we realize it breaks God's heart and we are truly sorry.
---Gail on 6/14/08

I don't know. My Bible states it as Gen 6:6 He regretted that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was grieved. But in Verse 8, But Noah found favor with the Lord.

I think some are cutting off the sentence. He regretted that he had made man ON THE EARTH.
He found favor with Noah, and He knew Man would fall. May be God felt the earth wasn't the place for us. Where else?
God knew the troubles of Mankind would cause Him before He made us. It's a Mystery.
---Nicole on 6/13/08

I believe it means he regretted making mankind. Regret and repentance are very similar words in meaning. If we do not regret/repent our sins on earth, we will forever regret/repent in Hell. That is why the gift of Jesus Christ is so fantastic. By His sacrifice our sins were paid for and we were redeemed from the curse of the law which would condemn us forever.
---frances008 on 6/12/08

alan that is dangeourous theology.
---Kaleo on 6/12/08

While I love to read it,I think that sometimes the King James version is sometimes misleading in translation. I do not think God changed his mind here or else He wouldn't have kept a remnant but would have started over with an advanced model:) No he was grieved and destroyed the wicked but retained a remnant to repopulate the earth.
---splaa6685 on 10/3/07


Strong's Concordance:
Gen 6:7 "Repenteth" from the Hebrew word "nacham" meaning:
1: to be sorry, be moved to pitty, have compassion.
2. to be sorry, rue, suffer grief, repent.
3. comfort oneself, to be comforted.
4. comfort oneself, to ease oneself.

Which of these makes sense to you?
---trey on 10/3/07


American Dictionary of the English Language 1828 (Later versions contain modern meanings).
Repent: u.t. To remember with sorrow, as, to repent rash words, to repent an injury done to a neighbor, to repent follies and vices.

Alexia, the 1828 Dictionary's definitions match up much more closely to those used by the translators of our KJV. It's a good study tool. You can find then online.

Hope that helps.
---trey on 10/3/07

Repent means "to change mind." If repent means to change mind, then because I am a fundamentalist, I belivee that is what God did.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/3/07

but another example of how fundies are literalists until they dont want to be. The text is twisted to excuse God from repenting or being sad. If God knew Man was going to sin, and God created man, then ....oh well I guess God just likes to see us suffer.
---alexia on 10/2/07

God does not change (Malachi 3:6), and since he knew before hand what man would do, and what man was like (Psalms 14:2,3), this leads us to believe that the word "repent" here means that it caused great pain to the Father to watch his rebellious children. The wording is so that we as man can understand.
---trey on 10/1/07

I think it means He changed His mind.
If so, it would show that God has not planned out every detail.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/28/07

I think that the word repented here means regretted or was sorry that He had made man.
---M.P. on 4/10/07

I agee with the statement that repent means regret. But just because GOD regrets doesn't mean he didn't know it was going to happen. GOD is an all knowing GOD. Many times I feel sorry about something and I knew it was going to happen. Of course, I am not GOD but that is how I understand it.
---novie on 11/10/05

I would sugget that it means that He was sorry that man responded so poorly to His plan.
It is not the same as when we repent. We repent because we make mistakes. God did not make mistakes!
---Pierre on 10/22/05

Truth is... God has had to adjust His wonderful awesome plan several times to overcome the mess we make.
---mike on 10/20/05

Mike ... If the Bible says God changed His mind (as clearly He did) it surely means it?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/20/05

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Well, no Alan, I guess I believe the wording used such as "repented" may have originally meant more like God reworded rather than changed His mind. For God to say, oops I was wrong goes against many other scriptures.
I am still human and make more messtakes than I shudd but I do look for ways to understand the Bible in ways it matches itself. Maybe I should hand that one back to Him and wait for His guidence.
---mike_fl on 10/19/05

Mike ... you seem to be suggesting that on this occasion Scripture is untrue?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/16/05

No, Alan, maybe I can't say what I feel but by studying it just seems God "causes" us to do the things He wants us to do as sons and daughters by His suggesting what might happen if we don't. When the scripture says God wanted to destroy the world but repented, I can not believe He really meant to. I believe He put the thought out there so we would listen to Him. (better sense?)
---mike_fl on 10/16/05

God made man for his glory. I honestly don't think God knew that man would/could be so evil. Free will and all. It broke God's heart to see something he created with his own hands, turn out to be or do evil things right in front of him. God regretted that he made man, he was sick of sin. I believe that Noah felt God's pain, for Noah found grace in the eyes of God. We all should feel God's pain for him to see all the things people are doing right in front of him.
---Rebecca_D on 10/15/05

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Are you suggesting Michael that God has an intention to do something, and knows that He will change that intention?
In that cas, the first intention could not have been a real intention.
It makes God sound a bit schitzophrenic
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/15/05

Jerry, ever tell a kid you don't think they are able to do something. They will do it or bust... MAYBE God does His kids the same way. i.e. My kids are so bad I'm just gonna' wipe 'em out and start over. (Makes me want to do better!) I think to repent means to back off sometimes. God does know everything, He even knows when He will change gears before he does it.
---mike_fl on 10/14/05

M.P. is correct. "YHWH regretted that he had made man upon the earth, and sorrowed in his heart, and said, I will destroy mankind which I have made, from off the face of the earth: from man to beast, the crawl and fowl of the air, for I am regretting that I have made them."
---Eloy on 10/14/05

Ka;eo ... there were occasions when God changed His mind about punishing people.

If He did that, and it is recorded in the Bible, how can you reconcile that with having an unchangeable plan.

Did God's plan include "I will decide to kill them , then I will change my mind"?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/14/05

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