New International Reader's Version

Genesis 6:1-22

The Sins of Everyone on Earth

1There began to be many human beings on the earth. And daughters were born to them. 2The sons of God saw that the daughters of human beings were beautiful. So they married any of them they chose. 3Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not struggle with human beings forever. They will have only 120 years to live.”

4The Nephilim were on the earth in those days. That was when the sons of God went to the daughters of human beings. Children were born to them. The Nephilim were famous heroes who lived long ago. Nephilim were also on the earth later on.

5The Lord saw how bad the sins of everyone on earth had become. They only thought about evil things. 6The Lord was very sad that he had made human beings on the earth. His heart was filled with pain. 7So the Lord said, “I created human beings, but I will wipe them out. I will also destroy the animals, the birds in the sky, and the creatures that move along the ground. I am very sad that I have made human beings.” 8But the Lord was very pleased with Noah.

Noah and the Flood

9Here is the story of Noah’s family line.

Noah was a godly man. He was without blame among the people of his time. He walked faithfully with God. 10Noah had three sons. Their names were Shem, Ham and Japheth.

11The earth was very sinful in God’s eyes. It was full of people who did mean and harmful things. 12God saw how sinful the earth had become. All its people were living very sinful lives. 13So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to everyone. They have filled the earth with their harmful acts. I am certainly going to destroy them and the earth. 14So make yourself an ark out of cypress wood. Make rooms in it. Cover it with tar inside and out. 15Here is how I want you to build it. The ark has to be 450 feet long. It has to be 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. 16Make a roof for it. Leave below the roof an opening all the way around that is a foot and a half high. Put a door in one side of the ark. Make lower, middle and upper decks. 17I am going to bring a flood on the earth. It will destroy all life under the sky. It will destroy every living creature that breathes. Everything on earth will die. 18But I will make my covenant with you. You will go into the ark. Your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives will enter it with you. 19Bring a male and a female of every living thing into the ark. They will be kept alive with you. 20Two of every kind of bird will come to you. Two of every kind of animal will also come to you. And so will two of every kind of creature that moves along the ground. All of them will be kept alive with you. 21Take every kind of food that you will need. Store it away as food for you and them.”

22Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

創世記 6:1-22



1-2さて、地上では人々がますます増えていきました。そのころのことです。霊の世界に住む者たちが、地上に住む美しい女を見そめ、それぞれ気に入った女を妻にしていました。 3その有様を見て、主は言いました。「わたしの霊が人間のために汚されるのを放っておけない。人間はすっかり悪に染まっている。反省して、正しい道に戻れるように百二十年の猶予を与えよう。(別訳・それで人の齢は百二十年としよう。)」


5主は、人々の悪が目に余るほどひどく、ますます悪くなっていく一方なのを知って、 6人間を造ったことを後悔し、心を痛めました。



ノアの物語を話しましょう。 9-10そのころ地上に生きていた人間の中で、ただ一人ほんとうに正しい人がノアでした。彼はいつも、神のお心にかなうように生きようと心がけていたのです。彼にはセム、ハム、ヤペテという三人の息子がいました。


12-13人類全体が罪にまみれ、ますます堕落していくのを見て、神はノアに言いました。「わたしは人類を滅ぼすことにした。人間のおかげで世界は悪で満ちあふれてしまった。だから、一人残らず滅ぼそうと思う。 14ただ、あなただけは助けよう。あなたは樹脂の多いゴフェルの木で船を造り、タールで防水を施しなさい。船には甲板を張り、仕切りをつける。 15全体の大きさは、長さ百五十メートル、幅二十五メートル、高さ十五メートルにし、 16周囲には、屋根からおよそ五十センチ下がった所に天窓をつける。中の部屋は一階、二階、三階の三層にし、船腹にはそれぞれの階の扉をつける。 17よく聞くのだ。わたしは世界に洪水を起こし、すべての生き物を滅ぼす。いのちの息のあるものは、みな死に絶える。 18しかし、約束しよう。あなたは、妻や息子夫婦といっしょにその船に乗れば安全だ。 19-20動物を一つがいずつ連れて入ることも忘れないように。洪水から守ってやるのだ。あらゆる種類の鳥と動物と地をはうものを、一つがいずつ生き残るようにしなさい。 21それから食糧は、あなたの家族と生き物たちが十分食べられるだけたくわえなさい。」 22ノアは、すべて神から命じられたとおりにしました。