"The Hundred and Twenty Years"
of Genesis 6:3
This Is Appendix 24 From The Companion Bible.
are generally taken as meaning 120 years before the Flood. But this mistake has
been made by not observing that the word for "men" in
is in the singular number with the definite article, as in verse 3
"man", and means THE
The word "also" clearly refers to him. It has no meaning
if "men" be read, in the plural. It means, and can mean,
only that Adam himself, "also", as well as the rest of mankind,
had "corrupted his way".1
If "men" be the meaning, then it may be well
asked, who are the others indicated by the word "also"? Back
In Genesis 2:17, the Lord God had declared that Adam should die. Here, in Genesis 6, it was made more clear that though he had lived 810 years he should surely die; and that his breath, or the spirit of life from God, should not for ever remain in him. See the notes on Genesis 6.
This fixes the chronology of verse 3, and shows that long before that time, Anno Mundi. 810, and even before Enoch, this irruption of fallen angels had taken place. This was the cause of all the "ungodliness" against which the prohecy of Enoch was directed in Jude 14, and which ultimately brought on the fulfilment of his prohecy in the Judgement of the Flood. See Appendix 23 and Appendix 25.
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