1The number of people on earth continued to increase. There were girls born to these people. 2- 4The sons of God saw that these girls were beautiful. So the sons of God married any of the girls they chose. These women gave birth to children. During that time and later, the Nephilim people lived in the land. They were famous people. They were heroes from ancient times. Then the Lord said, “People are only human; I will not let my Spirit be troubled by them forever. I will let them live 120 years.” 5The Lord saw that the people on the earth were very evil. The Lord saw that people thought only about evil things all the time. 6The Lord was sorry that he had made people on the earth. It made the Lord very sad in his heart. 7So the Lord said, “I will destroy all the people that I made on the earth. I will destroy every man and every animal and everything that crawls on the earth. And I will destroy all the birds in the air. Why? Because I am sorry that I have made all these things.” 8But there was one man on earth that pleased the Lord—Noah. 9This is the story about the family of Noah. Noah was a good man all his life. Noah always followed God. 10Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11- 12God looked at the earth, and he saw that people had ruined it. Violence was everywhere—˻people had become evil and cruel˼ and had ruined their life on earth. 13So God said to Noah, “All people have filled the earth with anger and violence. So I will destroy all living things. I will remove them from the earth. 14Use cypress wood and build a boat for yourself. Make rooms in the boat, and cover the boat with tar. 15“This is the size I want you to make the boat: 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. 16Make a window for the boat about 18 inches below the roof. Put a door in the side of the boat. Make three floors in the boat; a top deck, a middle deck, and a lower deck. 17“Understand what I am telling you. I will bring a great flood of water on the earth. I will destroy all living things that live under heaven. Everything on the earth will die. 18I will make a special agreement with you. And you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives will all go into the boat. 19Also, you must find two of every living thing on the earth. Find male and female and bring them on the boat. Keep them alive with you. 20Find two of every kind of bird on the earth. And find two of every kind of animal on the earth. And find two of every kind of thing that crawls on the ground. Male and female of every kind of animal on the earth will be with you. Keep them alive on the boat. 21Also bring every kind of food on earth into the boat. The food will be for you and for the animals.” 22Noah did all these things. Noah obeyed all the things that God commanded.