Who Are The ‘Sons Of God’ In Genesis 6?


‘When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the LORD said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.’ Genesis 6:1-4

In Genesis 6 we see that there is a rapid increase of sin. we don’t know what the actual population of the world would have been at this point in time. If you read through Genesis 4-5, you’ll clearly see that the ‘sons of God,’ weren’t ‘fallen angels’ as some like to suggest.

You will notice that those mentioned in the seed line of Abraham aren’t the only children of Seth. Genesis 5:7.

The daughters of men are the daughters of the children of Cain whose family is listed in Genesis 4. Genesis 4:16-24.

Seth’s family is then listed in Genesis 4-5. Genesis 4:25-5:32.

So, you have two families represented up to this point, there are ‘the sons of God’ represented in the family of Seth, and there are ‘the daughters of men’ who are the female offspring of the children of Cain and his family.

We must remember that angels are without sexual orientation, ‘at the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.’ Matthew 22:30.

This implies that they aren’t male and female as men are. It’s true that angels are called ‘sons of God’ in Job 1:6, but righteous people are also called, ‘sons of God’ in Hosea 1:10. Even in the New Testament we find, ‘For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus’, Galatians 3:26.

It simply refers to those who were obedient to God, those who joined themselves to those who weren’t faithful to God, the daughters of men, and so they allowed themselves to be led away into squalor.

They were those who loved God and those who didn’t love God, people who served God and people who served themselves and because of intermarriage the people who belonged to the line of Seth came down to the level of those who didn’t love God.

In other words, the Godly became ungodly. It’s clear that God was upset because the people left Him and despite having 120 years to repent, they didn’t and so, God announces His judgment and man is to be judged.

The Nephilim

The Nephilim were a vicious and dominant people who dominated civilizations by populating the earth through the ‘daughters of men,’ and so they brought wickedness upon the earth, in Numbers 13:33 we find a description of them, they were a group of big strong people. Notice some translations use the words, ‘giants’ and ‘mighty men.’

Here in Genesis 6:4, this can be read one of two ways, they were physically large, or they were giants among men in the sense of leaders. But notice also that the giants existed before and after the sons of God married the daughters of men, in other words, the giants weren’t a product of the sons of God marrying the daughters of men.

The result of their wicked culture led to the digression of mankind, mankind’s strength wouldn’t save them and so the people put their faith in the Nephilim, giants, mighty men.



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