The writer of Genesis 6 describes how, as the population of Man has grown, so did the population of women, aka “…the daughters of man…”
Now we are introduced to a new being of existence: “… the sons of God…” Could his “sons” be the ones he mentioned in Genesis Book 1 when he says “… let us make (man) in our image…”? Are they less powerful than him, thus creating a hierarchy in the heavens? Are they his equal? Are they angels? If so, why not just say “angels”? Could Angels and the Sons of God be different beings? Do they have a mother? Could God mentioned here be the same type/image of the male/female being described in the creation story? Most people I would know would say “NO” but don’t all sons have both a mother and a father?
It is at this point in the Bible when people will say oh, these beings are the fallen Angels. The Bible does not specifically say that however.
Whoever they are, they could not only look upon the beautiful daughters of man, but also chose wives of them and procreate. In an awkward response to this occurring, Jehovah limits the age of man to 120 years, as opposed to the nearly 1,000 years the previous men had lived*. So mix the “sons of God” with the “daughters of Man” and we have another being of existence. But before we start talking about them, let’s look at how different Bible versions treat Genesis 6:4:
ASV: The Nephilim were in the earth those days, and also after that, when the Sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.
Now the King James version… does this change the meaning of this verse to you?
KJV: There were giants in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown
It’s theorized that the Nephilim (often translated as the “fallen ones”) are the Fallen Angels, but in these verses the Nephilim would be the CHILDREN of the fallen ones. So which version makes more sense? Shouldn’t it be the Nephilim and human women bore children Giants?
One thing for sure, these weren’t just regular people according to the Bible.
*Another observation: it is at this point that “man” goes from living nearly 1,000 years to 120 years (which is more in line with modern life spans). Possible that it is at this point something cataclysmic occurs in the environment that begins to age man at a different rate? Has anything like this occurred in the animal kingdom, where lifespans drastically change?
This verse 6:4 can be the Rabbit Hole for many, where we take the detour to the investigation of the Fallen Angels, the Nephilim, and Giants, not only in the Middle East, but around the world. There are Bible era texts that go into more detail for those that are interested. One things for certain, this is not the first time the Bible will mention these beings.
If you do follow this rabbit hole, you will also discover an explanation for the existence of ghosts, demons, and supernatural possessions of humans by these beings. For now, the journey inside the Bible continues. Without going into more detail, I can only think of one of my most favorite movies when I think about where this rabbit hole has taken me.