received the following question on Quora in the Space: “Discussing Jesus”.
Question: If God is perfect and never makes mistakes, why did he regret creating humanity and cause a flood in Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 6:6?
Answer: The King James Bible does NOT say God regretted creating humanity. What Genesis 6:5,6 KJV says is: God avenged himself because of the evil deeds of humanity.
We arrive at this interpretation by using sound hermeneutics (see notes below on what really constitutes hermeneutics including using the proper Bible Translation which in this case is the KING JAMES Bible as The Final Authority.
King James Version
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
And it REPENTED H5162 (hithpael stem Reflexive of nāḥam nâcham, נָחַם : Rue: To affect oneself nâcham, by causing one to AVENGE ONESELF nāḥam – because of the misdeeds of creation) the LORD H3068 that he had made H6213 man H120 on the earth H776, and it grieved H6087 him in a bad sense) to anger: —Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/strongs/H6087at H413 his heart H3820 (The Soul determination of will, emotion).
In other words: God didn’t regret his creation, but rather God was deeply angered and determined to avenge himself (reflexive stem of hithpael of the verb nacham) of the misdeeds and activity of what was and had happened to his creation by the corruption of the Nephilim and the evil in the land.
**The Oxford English Dictionary hard copy page 2,495 states that the use of the word repent in the past participle (it repented) means the state of being PENITENT. Context: penitent. Imposed expiation (reparation of guilt/recompense) of an offence. Intended for the PENAL treatment of a crime. Prescribing PUNISHMENT for an offence (page 2117). INFLICTING PUNISHMENT. And technically: “To make or declare an action LEGALLY PUNISHABLE”. In the context of Genesis 6:5,6 KJV: DIVINE JUDGEMENT AND VENGENCE. **
When we compare scripture with scripture IN PROPER CONTEXT taking repented in the 3rd person subject pronoun with past tense/past participle, in each and every example compared to Genesis 6:5,6 KJV the meaning is REPENTED HITPAEL Reflexive with nâcham. To be deeply affected by the actions of another to cause God to take vengeance FOR THE PURPOSE OF AVENGING ONESELF for the action of the people in accordance with his predestined plan and perfect will.
Never doubt that God is clear VENGENCE IS MINE SAITH THE LORD. JUST WAIT UNTIL THE WORLD WITNESSES WHAT’S SOON COMING DURING THE TRIBULATION.
Since God is NOT a man and can NOT lie or change his mind or REPENT (H162) we see the verb REPENT 1 Samuel 15:29, Numbers 23:9 KJV . In these scriptures, REPENT is clarifying the subject.
It’s shocking that some false teachers actually say that God repented instead of: it (3rd person) repented the Lord which means the people’s action affected the Lord by causing Him to avenge himself in anger.
There are scriptures as Exodus 32:14 KJV that actually say< The Lord repented H162 of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. Again comparing scripture with scripture, it is clear nâcham, Reflexive Rue To Avenge Oneself by taking action against someone because of the activity of mankind.
This is why if you set Exodus 32:14 KJV and harmonize with Numbers 23:19 KJV
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: H5162 hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
- to be sorry, rue, suffer grief, repent REGRET We see that the meaning in CONTEXT here is to REGRET and be broken in contrition to repent: to be sorry for.
It repented the Lord in the King James Bible is so misinterpreted and mangled by so many teachers. Most reference this meaning to mean: “the pain of divine love”. Some actually have the audacity to translate this as relented or be moved by pity, regret.
This is not what proper exegesis proves, but rather it means: “to cause the Lord’s soul to be strongly affected by the actions of mankind to cause him to enact ACTION TO AVENGE HIMSELF. Just spend some time reading Jeremiah and Ezekiel. God does not play games.
After God acts TO AVENGE HIMSELF. This effect of this is what causes the shift or CHANGE in His current dispensation of plan of man’s governance to a new covenant with Noah in accordance with His perfect will to restore the fellowship of his creation that had been hijacked by Satan through intermingling of the fallen ones with human women.
This brought about God’s extreme dissatisfaction with the activity and corruption of the fall to His past action of creating man because of the extreme dissatisfaction with the actions of His creation. This means that at this point, God in his omniscient, infinite knowledge put HIS PERFECT DIVINE CHANGE through Dispensations to ultimately be the REDEMPTION of mankind through Jesus Christ.
FROM HERE WE WILL SEE THAT THE PERFECTION OF CHANGE IS NOT GOD CHANGING HIS MIND IN A CARNAL SENSE OF LYING (God cannot lie Numbers 23:19, 2 Samuel 22:31, Deuteronomy 32:14, Psalms 19:7, 18:30 KJV) BUT RATHER GOD CHANGING HIS PLAN OF REDEMPTION precisely as His word speaks it would to address the serpent in Genesis 3 KJV: “and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Jesus Christ born of the Virgin will conquer death (spiritual) and ultimately physical when we’re in our new bodies). GOD’S CHANGING PLAN IS TO MATCH MANKIND’S ACTIVITY – THE FALL – GOD ENACTS HIS PERFECT PLAN IN A SERIES OF DISPENSATIONS THAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOD’S PERFECT WILL.
God never makes a mistake and is perfect. To SHOW US the foreshadow of GRACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. To prove his perfect divine design and plan; His perfect will and ultimate full restoration of that which was created on the 6th day (imperfection) would ultimately at the end of this age find perfection and perfect rest on the 7th day.
Also notice that God rested from all his creation on the 7th Day. 7 in the Bible is PERFECTION.
Summary: In the beginning, God created man “Create him in “OUR” own image. Godhead (which Jesus Christ is the visible image of God who is invisible, and no man has seen). Likewise, we are one visible body comprised of an invisible spirit and soul. Read further below for additional information of the BODY SOUL AND SPIRIT of mankind created in the image of God.
Because our carnal body was created from dirt, God knew our carnal nature would “change” from walking uprightly in righteousness and fellowship with God to open rebellion. God in His perfect wisdom knows man would ultimately need redemption by design – created from dirt – preferring to choose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But after the fall, God gives mankind his plan of redemption which is Jesus Christ. Compare Genesis 2:16,17 KJV: God commands Adam NOT to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Consequence would be DEATH. (Spiritual death).
Now read Genesis 3:22 KJV: “Look man is become “as one of “US” (The Godhead). At creation man was created in the image. Now after disobedience, man has now become “as” God. Note: the preposition “as” is used here to clearly denote THE CHANGE OF man’s role to be like God but certainly not the same as God divinely speaking.
We see man CHANGE into a different creature and entirely different function in relation to God. Since God is perfect and infinite, he must then adjust or CHANGE his DISPENSATION Plan from Innocence before the FALL to now conscience after the FALL.
However, because of Adam and Eve’s descendants being intermingled with the fallen angels Genesis 6:4 KJV – corrupted seed, we see God’s need to CHANGE to employ a new dispensation of redemption through FAITH IN PROMISE given to Abraham. God made this change and promise to Abraham while Abraham was in a deep sleep and God walked between the parted sacrificed animal carcasses. There is an entire study on this alone proving how God is showing fallen man that he is completely incapable of regaining the fellowship man had before the fall and will inevitably choose death.
Following the Exodus from Bondage God which shockingly proved that the Israelites preferred to be in bondage of Egypt than follow God, God appointed Moses to dispense the dispensation of the LAW. During the nearly two thousand years from Moses to Jesus Christ we witnessed how the Law proves how perfect and just God is and how IMPOSSIBLE it is for fallen man to comply perfectly with the law.
Then Jesus Christ came to earth and God incarnate to usher in the new change of the Dispensation of the KINGDOM. After Jesus Christ was rejected, crucified, and rose again, and later ascended to heaven, The Apostle Paul was given the revelation of the GOSPEL OF GRACE also understood as the Dispensation of Grace of which we currently exist.
I’ve learned over the years to apply these simple rules: 3 rules of 1. CONTEXT (to include full background, the proper Dispensation, e.g. who is being addressed and for what purpose, i.e., conscience, faith, law, kingdom, grace) 2. EXEGESIS (to include proper grammar – syntax, semantics, style – allegorical or literal, historical background in context, original language, and SCRIPTURE with SCRIPTURE (taking scripture and comparing with other scripture. )
REMEMBER; Scripture is the best interpretation of scripture to “extract out the meaning INSTEAD of injecting into one’s own interpretation through the vain imagination of man’s philosophy.
For a detailed study on why the King James Bible is the final authority please email me.
Just look at a few modern translations of how they word Genesis 5:5,6 The NASB says God was sorry. The NIV, ESV and the Catholic Bible says he regretted it. It is only the KJV that gives an accurate description. Note: The purpose here is not to get into Bible translations, but to show that Bible translations are hugely important and only the KJV is the most accurate. The translations older than the 1611 KJV like the Geneva and Tindale of which the KJV committee used extensively and in consideration under the command and authority of King James I /IV of England are accurate but not as thorough. And a few later translations like Wesley and Douay-rheims use similar words but take serious misguided liberties in others.
For even a more complete and deeper understanding of Genesis 6:5-6 KJV we have to understand that mankind was created by God in HIS IMAGE Genesis 1:26,27, 2:7 KJV which means – scripture with scripture – that Jesus Christ created man John 1:3, Colossians 1:16 KJV. Jesus Christ IS the visible image of God. Jesus Christ is the fulness of the GODHEAD bodily. Colossians 1:15 KJV, 2:15 KJV. For the solid based bible research please read about GODHEAD vs TRINITY. I have the links in my Blog link: Come Meet My Kinsman Redeemer.
Understanding Godhead here is important to know who is speaking to whom within the context of Genesis chapter 6 which is directly related to creation and fall of man in the garden (Genesis 1 – 3).
Come Meet my Kinsman Redeemer
Now that we understand that Jesus is speaking to himself in plural (Godhead)
This is why God said: Jacob I love, but Esau I hated. Even after the flood there was a Nephilim blood line through the wife of Noah’s son Ham.
God always calls out his remnant. I pray that all who read this may know Jesus Christ as their Savior. To be saved simply believe that Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for your sins; he was buried according to the scriptures and rose again on the 3rd day according to the scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:1–4 KJV.
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To God be the glory. Amen! Maranatha!