Who were the Nephilim?

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“There were giants [Nephilim] 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” (Genesis 6:4).

Some believe that the Nephilim were the offspring of sexual relationships between the angels (sons of God) and daughters of men of Genesis 6:1-4. But, this is not true because Jesus said that angels do not marry (Matt. 22:30). Therefore, the “sons of God” were none other than the descendants of Seth. And the “daughters of men,” were the godless Cainites. These unholy alliances between Sethites and Cainites 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. Guided by sense attractions, they were not content with the beautiful daughters of the godly race, and often preferred Cainite brides.

The term “sons of God” simply means the children of God. God 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).

The Septuagint translated Nephilim by gigantes, from which the English “giant” is derived. In Num. 13:33 the Israelites reported that they felt like mere grasshoppers in the sight of the Nephilim, which the KJV translates “giants.”

There is reason to believe that this Hebrew word may come from the root naphal, and that the Nephilim were “violent” ones, or terrorists, rather than physical “giants.” Since in those days the entire human race was of great stature, it must be that character rather than height is designated. The antediluvians generally possessed great physical and mental strength. These individuals, renowned for wisdom and skill, persistently devoted their intellectual and physical powers to the gratification of their own pride and passions and to the oppression of their fellow men .

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BibleAsk Team