The nephilim/giants walk the earth, unnatural creations of “the daughters of man” and “the sons of ha*Elohim” and the earth fills with wickedness and violence. These nephilim/giants are called “men that were of old, the men of renown.”
So, judging by the subsequent verse, the earth being filled with nephilim/giants was not a good thing. Here is Jehovah’s response to what is happening on earth:
Genesis 6:5 – And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth… 6:7 And Jehovah said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the ground; both man, beast, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; for it repenteth me that I made them.
Does this include ALL living things? Or just the things that Jehovah takes credit for creating. No mention of fish or other animals of the sea? Why would beast, birds, and creeping things be punished for the wicked works of man? Regardless, Noah, was apparently not part of this wickedness, and it is said “Noah walked with God.” Walking with God is an important concept we will deal again with very soon. For now we return to Genesis 6.
Here is Elohim’s response to his view of the earth:
Genesis 6:12 – And the earth was corrupt before Elohim, and the earth was filled with violence. And Elohim saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for ALL flesh had corrupted their way upon earth. And Elohim said unto Noah, The end of ALL flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Compare to the words of Jehovah. See the difference? They are NOT the same! Jehovah says he is going to destroy that which he created: man, beast, creeping things, and birds. Elohim says he is going to destroy all flesh and the earth.
Jehovah observes that man is wicked, Elohim observes that all flesh is wicked.
So some might say, “well what Jehovah meant by all flesh is all man” hence its the same message. However we know that what Elohim says to Noah, during his instructions to build the ark, contradicts this because he is referring to all living beings upon the earth:
Genesis 6:19 – And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt though bring into the ark.
Noah builds a three story ark with dimensions and instructions clearly defined by Elohim. Elohim continues his instructions and explains the upcoming destruction to Noah:
Genesis 6:17 – And I, behold, I do bring the flood of waters upon this earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is in the earth shall die.
Again, notice the difference of the words of Jehovah, what Jehovah created, and what Elohim says will perish in the flood: All flesh with the breath of life.
So big question: what about the creatures of the sea? The animals Jehovah created breathe air to live. Sea creatures breathe under water. Will they also perish? If they are on the list to perish in the flood, and the chosen only to survive on the ark, how did Noah keep sea creatures on the ark? Is it possible that some of the wicked creatures of the earth at this time (nephilim?) survived the flood by going under water with the rest of the sea creatures? Again I point to the breath of life, assuming they are referring to breath being air, then aquatic animals are exempt from this death sentence.
If you flood the earth, can you drown a fish?