Gen. 6: 1-7, “And it cometh to pass that mankind have begun to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters have been born to them, 2 and sons of God see the daughters of men that they [are] fair, and they take to themselves women of all whom they have chosen. 3 And Jehovah saith, `My Spirit doth not strive in man — to the age; in their erring they [are] flesh:’ and his days have been an hundred and twenty years.
4 The fallen ones were in the earth in those days, and even afterwards when sons of God come in unto daughters of men, and they have borne to them — they [are] the heroes, who, from of old, [are] the men of name. 5 And Jehovah seeth that abundant [is] the wickedness of man in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart only evil all the day;
6 and Jehovah repenteth that He hath made man in the earth, and He grieveth Himself — unto His heart. 7 And Jehovah saith, `I wipe away man whom I have prepared from off the face of the ground, from man unto beast, unto creeping thing, and unto fowl of the heavens, for I have repented that I have made them.’ ” (Young’s Literal Translation, bold emphasis and paragraph spacing is mine.)
“Nephilim”, Hebrew from Naphal, meaning “he fell”. The word is not used in the English. So, why have so many believed it to be necessary?
Clarke’s commentary on verse 4 states,
“The Septuagint translate the original word by γιγαντες, which literally signifies earth-born, and which we, following them, term giants, without having any reference to the meaning of the word, which we generally conceive to signify persons of enormous stature. But the word when properly understood makes a very just distinction between the sons of men and the sons of God; those were the nephilim, the fallen earth-born men, with the animal and devilish mind. These were the sons of God, who were born from above; children of the kingdom, because children of God. Hence we may suppose originated the different appellatives given to sinners and saints; the former were termed γιγαντες, earth-born, and the latter, ἁγιοι, i.e. saints, persons not of the earth, or separated from the earth.” (The antecedent of “those” are sons of men. The antecedent of “these” are the sons of God. Bold emphasis is mine.)
For some reason which I suppose is intended to increase book sales for thrill-seeking, spine-chilling, goose-bumpy needy readers, the Hebrew word “nephilim” has been lifted out of the Hebrew text and straight into some English versions of the Bible without translation. Transliteration, using the word in the original language without translating it, is an improper method of translation. It has a purpose of hiding the truth, or deceiving the ignorant and uneducated.
Did the translators of the NIV or NASB or any other version lift out the Hebrew word “gibborim” for heros? Why stop at the use of “nephilim” in verse 4 if they want to teach us Hebrew? Or, better yet, why did they not continue using the Hebrew “nephilim” every other time the English word “fallen” was written in the scriptures?
We always check other verses within the texts to see how the same word is used, and between Old and New Testaments, as the Old Testament is the reflection or shadow of things to come in the New Testament, which is the fulfillment of the Old. In the New Testament we find the following:
Gal. 5:3, 4, ” 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”
Rev. 2:5, “ Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
2 Thes. 2:3, ” Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
The thought is the same as expressed in Rom.3:23, ”For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
The fallen ones were those men who fell from grace, who lived lives of sin, and gave into the lusts of the flesh. They were not, as some suppose, fallen angels. Angels cannot have sexual intercourse.
Matt. 22:30, ” For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”
In other words, they don’t have sex, which God established as a joyful union between husband and wife, as any other use of sex is outlawed as fornication and adultery. So, marriage is the blessed joining of man and woman which God provided. And, therefore in heaven there is no sex as there is no marriage and no procreation!
The Hebrew word “nephilim” cannot be referring to angels, since angels cannot procreate.. have children.
The righteous men, who were of the line of the faithful Seth (Abel was dead) were the Sons of God. They made the mistake of looking upon the beautiful daughters of the evil and wicked men, the fallen ones. The daughters of evil men did not know God, and did not follow after God. So, they brought evil ways to their husbands, and children, so that after a time, the people on earth became universally wicked. Eventually, God repented that He had made man, because of all the wicked and evil that filled the earth.
So, the first seven verses of Genesis 6 is background, explanation, and is the reason that God caused the earth to be filled with water to destroy the wicked. He was letting us know in the record why He took such a drastic step.
There wasn’t any angelic intercourse with women going on. There was just the usual progression of wicked people giving into sin, and the lusts of the flesh, much as we are grieved with today.
Let’s also talk about the “giants” for a moment. In verse 4, Young’s Literal Translation rightfully says “fallen ones”, but the King James renders it incorrectly as “giants”. This is why you need to check with Young’s Literal Translation from time to time. And, the word “heros” is rendered “mighty men, men of renown” in the King James. Clarke explains,
” gibborim, which we render mighty men, signifies properly conquerors, heroes, from גבר gabar, “he prevailed, was victorious.” and השם אנשי anshey hashshem, “men of the name,” ανθρωποι ονομαστοι, Septuagint; the same as we render men of renown, renominati, twice named, as the word implies, having one name which they derived from their fathers, and another which they acquired by their daring exploits and enterprises.
It may be necessary to remark here that our translators have rendered seven different Hebrew words by the one term giants, viz., nephilim, gibborim, enachim, rephaim, emim, and zamzummim ; by which appellatives are probably meant in general persons of great knowledge, piety, courage, wickedness, etc., and not men of enormous stature, as is generally conjectured.”
Young’s Literal Translation is an easy short cut for the correct translation into the English. You can find it at www.biblegateway.com.
Consider that the people before the flood were closer to the creation than we are. They lived longer than we do, which is why in verse 3 God limits the age span to 120 years. He was tired of striving with mankind by this point. Before the flood, the people had better air quality, better food, their DNA was purer. There probably were men of greater height than we are today, of a size that we would consider giant. That doesn’t really have anything to do with the first 7 verses of Genesis 6. It is not a valid translation of the “fallen ones” and should never have been used by the Septuagint text. Do not let it confuse you.
There is no need for the use of the Hebrew word “nephilim” in the English translation, and can only have been used for sensationalist book sales, to promote one version of the Bible over another. Be wary when you see these kinds of tricks. Check the better versions, and Clarke’s commentaries first. It is a form of a lie, and is promoting an error that is sweeping through the world, and is a distortion of God’s word. There were no fallen angels having sex with women!
7 thoughts on “Nephilim… Fallen Ones ?”
I have an article on this subject that I would like to share with you, and get your opinion on. it is quite lengthy, so I would rather not put it here as a “reply.”. Please contact me using the Email link below. I think you and me will agree in many area’s because we both use extensive study using the language of Hebrew and Greek to develop our understanding.. Having said that, it not mean we cannot learn from others does it?
I do believe that we have some things in common, as I have read some of your posts before. I did follow the link to your article on the Nephilim from the other site where I found your post yesterday, but I do disagree with you. Romans 8:14 defines the sons of God:
” For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
There is too much wild mysticism being embraced and superimposed upon the word of God. But, I do read many sources and always bounce them against the standard of God’s word. If the information is good and proves true, I rejoice and keep it (1 Thess. 5:21) and anything that contradicts the word of God I consider to be false, and I discard it.
Gina, I would first like to say that the way you responded to the above comment was truly inspired. A sound, biblical and if i may thoughtful reply. I hope that gentlemen took your advise and perhaps found a renewed interest. I could not agree more about telling people to “look inside yourself for the truth”, because that seems to be a doctrine that seems so innocent noone pays any mind but it’s repeated constantly. I couldnt begin to count how many times that phrase pops up in our childrens entertainment. Though to get to what i wanted to share with you, as far as the real meaning of nephilim and the truth of there origins. Almost two years ago I had a spiritual awakening the likes of which I’ve never known. I got rid of my television and imediately had an intense desire to research and study like never before. During my studies one of the things that caught my attention and demanded more was a search for physical and archeological evidences of Biblical truth. To make a long story short I found extensive evidence of the existence of “giants”. Nearly every culture on the planet has written record of giants and strangely enough even floods. In fact the United States has been a gold mine of giant humanoid skeletal remains. I found countless newspaper articles from turn of the last century, particularly in the northeast around Pennsylvania. I found books written by archeologists who found them, some with pictures. I believe the largest “human” skeleton found to date was nearly 34 foot in length. If thats not crazy enough, many of those described have been found to have six fingers and toes along with a double row of teeth. Which i believe is one the things they pointed out about Goliath as well. The native American tribes in North America all have legends of Giant red haired angloids who once ruled. When Coronado was exploring the west on his way to California he too made records of enormous “men” that lived along the coast. Even our pilgrim founding father John Smith had written records of the huge Native American men they first encountered. Remarking that they seemed as children in comparison. Of coarse none of this information has been or will ever be headline news simply because it would give credence to the word of our Lord. Here’s a real interesting tidbit to cap off my rant. That almost 99.9% of the time these skeletons have been uncovered a organization called Smithsomething Museum shows up for “archival purposes” and skeleton is never seen again. In fact that began to happen so mucn and so often that they were actually sued for the dissapearance of some almost 1200 of these massive skeletons. I don’t know what your opinion on giants is or if you just were clarifying that they weren’t the Biblical nephilim. However with a little digging the evidence that at one time giants (men of reknown or men of legend) did in fact roam the Earth, to me is impossible to denie. Whom there parents were I couldn’t say but to say that angels did not procreate I’m not sure is true. I say that because at the same time the Bible speaks of the nephilim does it not also make the comment of how they the fallen had left there first “estate”. Estate being there spiritual form and traded it in for a meat suit. We both probably agree that demon possession is real correct ? I believe that both parties exist on nearly the same wavelength if kow what I’m saying. Anyhow I guess thats all lol. I meant no disrespect, only to share knowledge and learn myself. I really enjoy your articles Gina, keep up the good work and fightin the good fight. God bless.
Danno, I appreciate your kind words. I have discovered so many lies during the last few years of study, that I have determined that I can know nothing for sure except the word of God. Our TV entertainment is saturated with lies and propaganda. I don’t watch much TV at all, and none of the news. The books that are written are those allowed to be published by the same media moguls who own the TV and Movie corporations. I have found many “mistakes” in many of these books that they are claiming to be Non-fiction. The style of writing of books such Enoch, Jasher, the Koran, and others are deliberately patterned after the King James English, and are highly questionable. I cannot read them without pure disgust, so it is very difficult to do a complete analysis of the errors they contain. At this point, I consider these books to be forgeries offered with the intent to fool as many people as possible.
We know from scripture that Goliath was “6 cubits and a span”. 1 Sam. 17:4. Converted to English standard measure, and using the commonly applied measure of about 21 in / cubit, then Goliath was just over 11 ft tall. I would consider that height to be “giant”, and that Goliath was probably exceptional as he was the champion of the Philistines. So, he was unique, or there would have been other giants offered by the Philistines to do battle.
I don’t have any confidence in any of the published books of the mass media that relate the very interesting, but hearsay “evidence” of these other giants. It is very entertaining. And, I have read other accounts that the Smithsonian Institute is hiding many of these exhibits. But, as there is a company in China that manufactures and advertises competitively priced “dinosaur” bones, and as there are several documented accounts of how museum archeologists are manufacturing “finds” in the field in order to raise money for their museum exhibits, I tend to discount most of these discoveries. I haven’t seen them. I haven’t tested them. They won’t allow their finds to be tested. How then can we know for sure? Trust the Bible, take everything else with many grains of salt. I will try to continue to offer some more study in this area.
Ian, where do you find the information that says Jesus is not to be found in the Scriptures? You have scattered bits and pieces of beliefs and chosen known errors from fallible men to justify a reason to yourself that you do not need to study the Bible to know God.
Men make mistakes, and there are known mistakes in the KJV. These are recognized by students of the Bible. But, we have so many pieces and even whole chapters of the original texts that we can know what God really says. You might read my post on “Are The Scriptures Really God’s Word?”
King James did not write the KJV, or the AV of 1611. Scofield was a known scoundrel, and his writings were a conspiracy.. The Catholic popes have twisted and churned God’s word for centuries. But, all of these mistaken and deliberate attempts are known to those who study. If you are letting the errors of men turn you from God’s word, then Satan has succeeded. [ I would recommend that you read the full 10 part study I’ve posted on “It’s Not The End of The World” as in part VI I denounce the Scofield Reference Bible.]
Acts. 17:11, “These [the Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
How do you know that the answer you received 14 years ago was from God? Satan lies to people all the time to deceive them and turn them away from God. The Hollywood movie industry has done an excellent job teaching the lie that all people have to do to see the truth is look inside themselves. That is completely contrary to God’s word, and completely supportive of wickedness.
Truth does not come from within man. It comes from God, and the only way we will know His truth today is to search the Scriptures.
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About 14yrs ago, I asked Jesus what He had to tell me about the so-called Nephilim, which, along with Easter, is a word which should not really be in the Book. The answer came that the likes of George W Bush was a Nephil – a “Giant among men”, a bully who misused his election to further his own ends. He told me that the Sons of God were those equipped and elect of God to serve God by serving Mankind, but that they “fell” in preferring themselves, preferring the way of Cain.and the sin of Korah, and their desire for the world’s good becomes the focus of their God granted energy.
There are so many scriptures which are misunderstood – one key to unlock them is to read them both ways, such as, Your body is the temple of God, ergo the Temple of God is your body – a body, not made with hands, forever in the heavens. Or, the good news is the Power of God – the Power of God is the good news. While we are on that one, the Aramaic word translated good news should be “He shall declare, proclaim, show forth HIMSELF.” In other words, He will reveal Himself. Trouble is, most folk have been deceived via the AV of 1611, when they should have stuck with the Geneva Bible it was ripped off from, and then “edited” by that pig of a man, Francis Bacon.
King James was a closet Catholic, Freemason and a Warlock. Bacon introduced French Grand Orient Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism to England. He left markers all over the AV of 1611 – now mirror 1611 and it is 1191, or 11 September 2001.
Any serious student of the Bible should know the real history and purpose of the AV, and consider too that the main means of mind control is the modern AV – as in Audio Video. The KJV or AV was formulated as a hearts and minds program, and is riddled with the deceptive chicanery of twisted language. It is actually designed to shut up the kingdom against Man. It is based on the Cuckoo principle – as in another bird has put its eggs in your nest and you slavishly try to feed the very thing which is going to destroy your family and steal your life.
It is also the “Hell” Bible – erroneously using the word hell and selling hell to the masses. Gary Amirault of Tentmaker has plenty of resources as to dispel the hell myth, or if you know a believing Jew who will share with you, ask them what they believe about hell – they will tell you, “Oh you Christians made that up”. Paul warned of what would happen, and it did, especially at Nicaea when the Trinitarian deception was made official and the understanding of the Seven Spirits of God was lost for 1700yrs, along with the Truth of being bron from above, which eventually became that damnable born again heresy promoted by Billy Graham – 33rd degree Freemason. Oh if you only knew about the so-called heroes of the faith. Many Catholics admire Loyola, while many Protesting Catholics prefer the likes of Calvin. They were both arch deceivers and devils in drag, adn there is not one word of Truth in their discourse – it is all lies – but that does not stop people believing it.
Add that Scofield nonsense to the AV and you have a Bible for Boofheads. Sorry, but it is sadly so – and I found out the hard way too. I recommend, and use, the Aramaic, especially the not as yet completed work of Victor Alexander from LA. But even more so, just get to know the author and learn what Paul meant by “Every letter written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit is given of God and is useful for instruction in righteousness” – compared to “All scripture is given of God”. The reason why they bound the Book was to bind you to the Book and to make it the third person of the Godhead, but Jesus said, you search the scriptures in vain, looking for Me, BUT I AM NOT FOUND THERE! They speak of Him, they are not “Him” and the tragedy is that people often as not would rather go to bed with a good book instead of resting in a living relationship, at the feet of their savior and husband…
Do not search the scriptures seeking Jesus – seek Him while He may be found, ask Him, wordlessly, internally, what it all means and to unravel it for you, then take ALL YOU KNOW, or think that you know, and put it on the altar and ask Him to flambe your foolishness such that all that should remain is Gold (Faith), Silver (Hope) and Precious Gems (Love). Ask Him to remove the cognitive dissonance programmed into you before you could even reason what was happening, as the “Germans” put their “eggs” in the nest of your heart, and left the rest.
BTW, the “God” referred to in the declaration of independence is the God of nature, aka Odin, and the Rabbis call America God and the Prez the Chief Prince thereof. It’s Cavalry or Calvary, you cannot have both..
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Sorry, GOG – while many Americans seem to act as if they are god…