Genesis 6:17

Hebrew Bible

15 This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches from the top. Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. 17 I am about to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. Everything that is on the earth will die, 18 but I will confirm my covenant with you. You will enter the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You must bring into the ark two of every kind of living creature from all flesh, male and female, to keep them alive with you.

Wisdom of Solomon 10:4


2 and gave him strength to rule all things. 3 But when an unrighteous man departed from her in his anger, he perished because in rage he killed his brother. 4 When the earth was flooded because of him, wisdom again saved it, steering the righteous man by a paltry piece of wood. 5 Wisdom also, when the nations in wicked agreement had been put to confusion, recognized the righteous man and preserved him blameless before God, and kept him strong in the face of his compassion for his child. 6 Wisdom rescued a righteous man when the ungodly were perishing; he escaped the fire that descended on the Five Cities.

 Notes and References

"... Wisdom of Solomon has little interest in accurately recounting Old Testament history; such material is used solely for the author’s own apologetic ends. Hence Adam’s transgression in the Garden is glossed over (10:1; see also Sirach 49:16), and Cain is made the direct cause of the flood (10:4), passing over the difficult account of the fall of the angels (Genesis 6:1–4). Inevitably this moralizing and chauvinistic attitude to history leads the author into logically inconsistent statements. When Israel is persecuted her oppressors become the ungodly (10:15 and 10:20), but when Israel does the same to the Canaanites the author has to wriggle and squirm with embarrassment, coming up with nonsense like 12:10–11. For 10:1–2 see Genesis 2:7–4:16, for 10:4, Genesis 6–9, for 10:5, Genesis 10–22, for 10:6–8, Genesis 19, for 10:9–12, Genesis 27–33, for 10:13–14, Genesis 37–47, and for 10:15–21 Exodus 1–15. The chapter is held together, and its units marked out, by the repeated use of the pronoun hautē (translated “wisdom” in the NRSV) in verses 1, 5, 6, 10, 13, and 15. Each unit contains the word dikaios (righteous) once ..."

Hayman, A. Peter Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible: Wisdom of Solomon (p. 56) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2019

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