Monday, June 23, 2014

Why God Flooded the Earth

The preacher man was talking about men beating up their wives, and whether women should endure it, absolutely not, since everyone, especially a wife, is to part ways with those who practice evil.  He cited Genesis 6 on this point, which he claimed specifically stated God destroyed the world for its violence.

I grabbed a Bible and the version I had said no such thing, saying "lawlessness."  So I got on the net, starting checking other versions, and sure enough, the KJV says:

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

And the New International Version:
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[a] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
The Orthodox Jewish Bible says:

11 Ha’aretz also was corrupt before HaElohim, and ha’aretz was filled with chamas.12 And Elohim looked upon ha’aretz, and, hinei, it was corrupt; for kol basar had corrupted his derech upon ha’aretz.13 And Elohim said unto Noach, The ketz (end) of kol basar is come before Me; for ha’aretz is filled with chamas because of them; and, hineni, I will destroy them with ha’aretz.

Of course the Orthodox version is in Hebrew, so the above is a mish mash, and I'll need help with that, so I find
B'reisheet (Genesis) 6:11: "The earth was ruined to the face of Elohim, and the earth was filled with chamas: violence."  וַתִּשָּׁחֵת הָאָרֶץ, לִפְנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים; וַתִּמָּלֵא הָאָרֶץ, חָמָס
Yes, indeed, in the original, the word is violence.  Odd point, the arch-enemy of Israel today is Hamas, pronounced Chamas.

The flood story is recorded on all continents and referring to the same time period.  The archeological record supports the story.  Violence angers God.

(I won't mention who put out the poorly translated version I first had in hand...)

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