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Question: Genesis 6: 5, 6 in the King James Version (KJV) reads:
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Answer: The word ‘repented’ has come to mean turning away from one’s past sins or mistakes and embarking on a new direction. In the KJV translation of the New Testament the word ‘repented’ usually carries the meaning ‘to reform’. See Matthew 11: 20; 2 Corinthians 12: 21, and others.
In Genesis 6: 6 ‘repented’ signifies a deep breath as in a sigh, denoting pity, not remorse on God’s part. Man’s decadent condition caused God pain and sorrow (‘grieved him at his heart’), especially knowing the heartbreaking punishment – the Deluge – He would eventually inflict on mankind to correct matters.
5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
5 Then Yahweh saw that great was the wickedness of man in the earth, and that every purpose of the devices of his heart was only wicked all the day; 6 and it grieved Yahweh that he had made man in the earth, – and he took sorrow unto his heart.
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