"The Hundred and Twenty Years" of Genesis 6:3
This Is Appendix 24 From
The Companion Bible.
are generally taken as meaning 120 years before the Flood. But this
mistake has been made by not observing that the word for "men" in Genesis 6:1,2 is in the singular number with the definite article,
as in verse 3 "man", and means THE MAN ADAM. The word "also" clearly refers to him. It has no meaning if "men" be read, in the plural. It means, and can mean, only that Adam himself, "also", as well as the rest of mankind, had "corrupted
his way".1 If "men" be the
meaning, then it may be well asked, who are the others indicated by
the word "also"?
In Genesis 2:17, the Lord God had declared that Adam
should die. Here, in Genesis 6, it was made more clear that though he
had lived 810 years he should surely die; and that his breath, or the
spirit of life from God, should not for ever remain in him. See the
notes on Genesis 6.
This fixes the chronology of verse 3, and shows that
long before that time, Anno Mundi. 810, and even before Enoch, this
irruption of fallen angels had taken place. This was the cause of all
the "ungodliness" against which the prohecy of Enoch was
directed in Jude 14 , and which ultimately brought
on the fulfilment of his prohecy in the Judgement of the Flood. See Appendix 23 and Appendix 25.
1 (be shaggam) because that also is so pointed in the Codex Hilleli.
This makes it the Infantry Kalends (calends) of shagag, to transgress,
go astray, and means, "because that in their going astray,
he (Adam) also is flesh".