“That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:2).
The phrase “The sons of God” refers to the people or the descendants of Seth. And the phrase the “daughters of men,” refers to the godless Cainites. God later spoke of Israel as His “firstborn son” (Ex. 4:22), and Moses called the people of Israel “children of the Lord your God” (Deut. 14:1).
Some err to think that the “sons” to be angels, comparing them with the “sons of God” of Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. This view is not correct, because punishment soon to be meted out was for the sins of human beings (see v. 3), and not of angels. Further, angels do not marry (Matt. 22:30).
The phrase “They took them wives” refers to the unholy alliances between Sethites and Cainites who were responsible for the rapid increase of wickedness among the former. God has ever warned His followers not to marry unbelievers, because of the great danger to which the believer is thus exposed and to which he usually succumbs (Deut. 7:3, 4; Joshua 23:12, 13; Ezra 9:2; Neh. 13:25; 2 Cor. 6:14, 15). But the Sethites did not heed the warnings they surely must have received. Guided by sense attractions, they were not content with the beautiful daughters of the godly race, and often preferred Cainite brides. Moreover, the prevalence of polygamy seems to be suggested by the plural expression used, they took “wives.”
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