Genesis 6:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 6:8, NIV: "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD."

Genesis 6:8, ESV: "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD."

Genesis 6:8, KJV: "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD."

Genesis 6:8, NASB: "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD."

Genesis 6:8, NLT: "But Noah found favor with the LORD."

Genesis 6:8, CSB: "Noah, however, found favor with the LORD."

What does Genesis 6:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After the finality of God's statement in the previous verse, verse 8 catches us by surprise. In light of the great wickedness of humanity, the Creator has just expressed the pain His creation of mankind has caused Him. Even worse, He has announced His plan to wipe humanity, along with birds and animals, from the face of the earth.

Now, however, we are told that one man, Noah, has found favor in God's eyes. The rest of the chapter will explain exactly what "favor" means. It won't stop God from carrying out His plan to destroy so much of His creation. It certainly won't mean that Noah's life will be perfect, or easy, or painless. However, it will mean that humanity will continue. The end of civilization will be followed by a new beginning. Noah will not only survive the upcoming judgment, along with his wife and children, but he will carry on the survival of the human race.

This reference is also important because it is rare. Very few people in the Old Testament are said to have found favor in God's eyes. Noah was special, and that favored status before God would mean the difference between death and life for future humanity.