Genesis 6:1-4: Who Were the Nephilim?

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in[a] man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim[b] were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

I’ll start this post right off with a confession.  I don’t know what God is talking about in verses 1-4 of Genesis 6.  I did a little research to see if I could begin to understand, and here’s what I found from

A brief summary of the four popular views of the origins of the Nephilim:


View in short

Fallen angels view Satan and/or his fallen angels bred with human women and had offspring that were called Nephilim.
Fallen angels overtook men view Fallen angels and/or Satan possessed men and caused them to breed with women.
Sethite view The sons of God were the godly line from Adam to Seth down to Noah, and the Nephilim were fallen children who sought after false gods.
Fallen men view Godly men (sons of God) took ungodly wives, and their descendants (Nephilim) followed after the false gods, rejected God, and fell far from God in wickedness.

In short, the answer to Who were the Nephilim? remains a mystery today.  If God included the Nephilim in his account of Genesis, then I believe it’s relevant.  But I don’t know enough to go farther than that in my discussion here.  There are different views of the Nephilim and what is going on here in Genesis 6.  I’ve never heard a sermon on the Nephilim or many references to the Nephilim in my Christian life, except one my mother-in-law pointed out to me from entitled “The Weirdest Story in the Bible.”  I couldn’t get the link to work but if you go to and search for this title, you should get an interesting discussion.  And I’ll leave it at that.  On to Noah …


2 thoughts on “Genesis 6:1-4: Who Were the Nephilim?

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