Matthew Henry's Commentary
The wickedness of the world which provoked God's wrath. (1-7) Noah finds grace. (8-11) Noah warned of the flood, The directions
respecting the ark. (12-21) Noah's faith and obedience. (22)
The most remarkable thing concerning the old world, is the destroying of it by the deluge, or flood. We are told of the abounding
iniquity of that wicked world: God's just wrath, and his holy resolution to punish it. In all ages there has been a peculiar
curse of God upon marriages between professors of true religion and its avowed enemies. The evil example of the ungodly party
corrupts or greatly hurts the other. Family religion is put an end to, and the children are trained up according to the worldly
maxims of that parent who is without the fear of God. If we profess to be the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty, we
must not marry without his consent. He will never give his blessing, if we prefer beauty, wit, wealth, or worldly honours,
to faith and holiness. The Spirit of God strove with men, by sending Enoch, Noah, and perhaps others, to preach to them; by
waiting to be gracious, notwithstanding their rebellions; and by exciting alarm and convictions in their consciences. But
the Lord declared that his Spirit should not thus strive with men always; he would leave them to be hardened in sin, and ripened
for destruction. This he determined on, because man was flesh: not only frail and feeble, but carnal and depraved; having
misused the noble powers of his soul to gratify his corrupt inclinations. God sees all the wickedness that is among the children
of men; it cannot be hid from him now; and if it be not repented of, it shall be made known by him shortly. The wickedness
of a people is great indeed, when noted sinners are men renowned among them. Very much sin was committed in all places, by
all sorts of people. Any one might see that the wickedness of man was great: but God saw that every imagination, or purpose,
of the thoughts of man's heart, was only evil continually. This was the bitter root, the corrupt spring. The heart was deceitful
and desperately wicked; the principles were corrupt; the habits and dispositions evil. Their designs and devices were wicked.
They did evil deliberately, contriving how to do mischief. There was no good among them. God saw man's wickedness as one injured
and wronged by it. He saw it as a tender father sees the folly and stubbornness of a rebellious and disobedient child, which
grieves him, and makes him wish he had been childless. The words here used are remarkable; they are used after the manner
of men, and do not mean that God can change, or be unhappy. Does God thus hate our sin? And shall not we be grieved to the
heart for it? Oh that we may look on Him whom we have grieved, and mourn! God repented that he had made man; but we never
find him repent that he redeemed man. God resolves to destroy man: the original word is very striking, 'I will wipe off man
from the earth,' as dirt or filth is wiped off from a place which should be clean, and is thrown to the dunghill, the proper
place for it. God speaks of man as his own creature, when he resolves upon his punishment. Those forfeit their lives who do
not answer the end of their living. God speaks of resolution concerning men, after his Spirit had been long striving with
them in vain. None are punished by the justice of God, but those who hate to be reformed by the grace of God.
Verses 8-11: Noah did not find favour in the eyes of men; they hated and persecuted him, because
both by his life and preaching he condemned the world: but he found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and this made him more
truly honourable than the men of renown. Let this be our chief desire, let us labour that we may be accepted of him. When
the rest of the world was wicked, Noah kept his integrity. God's good-will towards Noah produced this good work in him. He
was a just man, that is, justified before God, by faith in the promised Seed. As such he was made holy, and had right principles;
and was righteous in his conversation. He was not only honest, but devout; it was his constant care to do the will of God.
God looks down upon those with an eye of favour, who sincerely look up to him with an eye of faith. It is easy to be religious
when religion is in fashion; but it shows strong faith and resolution, to swim against the stream, and to appear for God when
no one else appears for him; Noah did so. All kinds of sin were found among men. They corrupted God's worship. Sin fills the
earth with violence, and this fully justified God's resolution to destroy the world. The contagion spread. When wickedness
is become general, ruin is not far off; while there is a remnant of praying people in a nation, to empty the measure as it
fills, judgments may be long kept off; but when all hands are at work to pull down the fences, by sin, and none stand in the
gap to make up the breach, what can be expected but a flood of wrath?
God told Noah his purpose to destroy the wicked world by water. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him, (Ps 25:14).
It is with all believers, enabling them to understand and apply the declarations and warnings of the written word. God chose
to do it by a flood of waters, which should drown the world. As he chooses the rod with which he corrects his children, so
he chooses the sword with which he cuts off his enemies. God established his covenant with Noah. This is the first place in
the Bible where the word 'covenant' is found; it seems to mean, 1. The covenant of providence; that the course of nature shall
be continued to the end of time. 2. The covenant of grace; that God would be a God to Noah, and that out of his seed God would
take to himself a people. God directed Noah to make an ark. This ark was like the hulk of a ship, fitted to float upon the
waters. It was very large, half the size of St. Paul's cathedral, and would hold more than eighteen of the largest ships now
used. God could have secured Noah without putting him to any care, or pains, or trouble; but employed him in making that which
was to be the means to preserve him, for the trial of his faith and obedience. Both the providence of God, and the grace of
God, own and crown the obedient and diligent. God gave Noah particular orders how to make the ark, which could not therefore
but be well fitted for the purpose. God promised Noah that he and his family should be kept alive in the ark. What we do in
obedience to God, we and our families are likely to have the benefit of. The piety of parents gets their children good in
this life, and furthers them in the way to eternal life, if they improve it.
Noah's faith triumphed over all corrupt reasonings. To rear so large a building, such a one as he never saw, and to provide
food for the living creatures, would require from him a great deal of care, and labour, and expense. His neighbours would
laugh at him. But all such objections, Noah, by faith, got over; his obedience was ready and resolute. Having begun to build,
he did not leave off till he had finished: so did he, and so must we do. He feared the deluge, and therefore prepared the
ark. And in the warning given to Noah, there is a more solemn warning given to us, to flee from the wrath to come, which will
sweep the world of unbelievers into the pit of destruction. Christ, the true Noah, which same shall comfort us, hath by his
sufferings already prepared the ark, and kindly invites us by faith to enter in. While the day of his patience continues,
let us hear and obey his voice.
David Burnette's Life Application
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making
an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue
in the book of Genesis with Chapter 6 and i n today's text we see the familiar account
of Noah and the Ark. What catches my eye today is verse 8 that says that "But Noah found grace
in the eyes of the Lord." God's wrath was about to be unveiled but one righteous man turned the heart of God. In
previous chapters we see how God loves us and cares for us individually and today we see that God's hand is influenced by
our lives. Not that we tell God what to do, but rather He has compassion towards us, and our lives matter to Him. In making
application I cant help to think how our prayer and compassion towards others can causes a compassionate God to delay His
wrath towards deserving sinners. I am so glad that someone prayed for me when I was lost in sin and God saw fit to delay
His wrath towards me and got saved. How about you? Do you know that God cares for you and those we love? Let
us pray and witness for those we love because you do make a difference in to a loving God who Cares.
it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took
them wives of all which they chose.
LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty
4There were giants in the earth in
those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the
same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only
6And it repented the LORD
that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7And 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.
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations,
and Noah walked with God.
10And Noah begat
three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon
13And 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
14Make thee an ark of gopher wood;
rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred
cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the
ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
17And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy
all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark,
thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
19And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep
them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every
sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for
22Thus did Noah; according to all that
God commanded him, so did he.