Wickedness in the World
1When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with6:3 Or My spirit will not remain in humans forever, for they are mortal6:3 Or corrupt; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
4The 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.
5The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah and the Flood
9This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13So 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. 14So make yourself an ark of cypress6:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.6:15 That is, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 135 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high 16Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit6:16 That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters high all around.6:16 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
22Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Nnipa Ne Bɔne
1Bere a nnipa dɔɔso wɔ asase so na wɔwoo mmabea no, 2Onyankopɔn mmabarima no huu sɛ nnipa mmabea no ho yɛ fɛ, nti nea obiara pɛ no no, ɔfaa no waree. 3Na Awurade kae se, “Me honhom rentena nnipa mu nkosi daa, efisɛ wɔyɛ ɔhonam; na wɔn nkwa nna bɛyɛ mfe ɔha aduonu.”
4Saa bere no, na nnipa abran wɔ asase no so. Bere a Onyankopɔn mmabarima yi kɔɔ nnipa mmabea yi ho no, wɔne wɔn wowoe. Saa nnipa yi ne kan tete nnipa atitiriw a wogyee din no.
5Awurade Nyankopɔn huu sɛ adesamma amumɔyɛ adɔɔso wɔ asase so, na nnipa nsusuwii nyinaa yɛ bɔne nko ara. 6Awurade Nyankopɔn nuu ne ho sɛ ɔbɔɔ wɔn bɛtenaa asase so. Saa bɔne no yɛɛ Awurade Nyankopɔn awerɛhow. 7Awurade kae se, “Mɛpepa nnipa a mabɔ wɔn no afi asase so; mmoa ne mmoa a wɔwea asase so ne wim nnomaa, efisɛ manu me ho sɛ mebɔɔ wɔn.” 8Nanso Noa de, onyaa adom Awurade anim.
9Noa awo ntoatoaso ni.
Na Noa yɛ onipa ɔtreneeni a ne ho nni asɛm wɔ ne bere sofo no mu. Ɔyɛɛ Onyankopɔn apɛde. 10Noa woo mmabarima baasa na wɔn din de Sem, Ham ne Yafet.
11Na bɔne ahyɛ asase so ma a, amumɔyɛsɛm adɔɔso. 12Onyankopɔn huu saa bɔne yi nyinaa wɔ asase so, huu awurukasɛm ne amumɔyɛsɛm wɔ mmaa nyinaa nso. 13Enti Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Noa se, “Esiane sɛ nnipa ama basabasa aba asase so nti, mɛsɛe nnipa ne asase a wɔte so no nyinaa. 14Fa ɔwawa dua yɛ adaka. Yɛ adan wɔ Adaka no mu, na fa ama ka mu ne akyi nyinaa. 15Sɛɛ na ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ no: ma ne tenten nyɛ anammɔn ahannan aduonum, ne trɛw anammɔn aduɔson anum, na ne sorokɔ nso nyɛ anammɔn aduanan anum. 16Bɔ adaka no so. Ma ne sorokɔ nyɛ bɛyɛ sɛ nsateaa dunwɔtwe. Fa ɔpon to adaka no nkyɛn, na yɛ nsɛmso abiɛsa; nea edi kan, nea ɛda ntam ne nea ɛwɔ soro. 17Tie! Mede nsuyiri rebɛkata asase so nyinaa, na mede asɛe abɔde a nkwa wɔ mu; biribiara a nkwa wɔ mu no, ne nyinaa bewuwu. 18Na wo de, me ne wo bɛyɛ apam; na wo, wo mmabarima, wo yere ne wo mmabarima yerenom nyinaa ne wo bɛba Adaka no mu. 19Ɛsɛ sɛ wode abɔde a nkwa wɔ mu nyinaa, abien abien a ɛyɛ onini ne ɔbere, a wo ne wɔn bɛtena adaka no mu nsuyiri bere no a wonnwuwu. 20Nnomaa ahorow biara abien, mmoa biara abien, ne abɔde biara a ɛwea asase so abien bɛba wo nkyɛn, na woahwɛ wɔn, na wɔanwuwu. 21Afei, fa nnuan ahorow a wodi na kora. Ɛno na ɛbɛyɛ wo ne wɔn nnuan a mubedi.”
22Noa yɛɛ biribiara pɛpɛɛpɛ, sɛnea Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ ɔnyɛ no.