Who were the "Sons of God" in Genesis 6?


Man with angel wings. Who were the "Sons of God" in Geneis 6?

In Genesis 4:26, it talks about the godly line of Seth, and says “then men began to call on the name of the Lord”. After a genealogy in chapter 5, Genesis 6 immediately mentions the "Sons of God" coming into the daughters of men. Since there's nothing about angels in the immediate context, and the nearest contextual reference was to the godly line of Seth, the "sons of God" in Genesis seem to refer to the godly line of Seth mingling with ungodly women of the world.

Jesus said angels neither marry, nor are given in marriage (Matthew 22:30). While Jude 1:6 mentions angels who “kept not their first estate”, we can’t read into this, that it must be talking about angels marrying human beings and creating children.

When it says there were "giants" in the land, that word means “fellers”. That is, famous men, who were known for defeating others. While this may include physical giants, giants don't have to come from angelic beings. The only phrase that lends exegetical support to the angelic theory, in Genesis 6, is the name “sons of God”. While the OT does mention this title in reference to angels, it is not required that it may only refer to angels, and nothing in the context of Genesis 6 refers to any such thing. We just heard about the godly line of Seth who called on the name of the Lord, in chapter four. Now we read that the sons of God came into the daughters of men, with the result that the world became totally corrupted.

It fits the context to understand the "sons of God" refers to the godly line of Seth, marrying unbelieving women of the world. We should never mix what is holy, with what is worldly. Those who believe in God, should never marry someone who is unsaved. The result, while it may be famous, is corruption that brings the destruction of God in the end.

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