Nephilim (Nef´uh-lim)

People of the pre-Flood generation, the offspring of human daughters and divine beings (Gen 6:1-4). Their generation and their conduct seem to have provoked the Flood as punishment (Gen 6:5-8:22). In (Num 13:33) the Israelite spies describe the inhabitants of Hebron as Nephilim, so large and powerful that “we seemed like grasshoppers.” The name could mean “fallen ones” and allude to stories in related cultures of rebellious giants defeated by the gods in olden times (Isa 14:12).

Gen 6:1-4

The Wickedness of Humankind
1When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them,2the sons of God saw that they were fair; ... View more

Gen 6:5-8:22

5The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.6And ... View more

Isa 14:12

12How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!

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