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Genesis 6:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But Noah found favour in the eyes of Jehovah.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, Noah, had found favour, in the eyes of Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Noah found grace in the eyes of Jehovah.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But Noe found grace before the Lord.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— But Noah{gr.Noe} found grace before the Lord God.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— But Noach found grace in the eyes of Yahweh.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But N נֹחַ 5146
{5146} Prime
The same as H5118; rest; Noach, the patriarch of the flood.
found 4672
{4672} Prime
A primitive root; properly to come forth to, that is, appear or exist; transitively to attain, that is, find or acquire; figuratively to occur, meet or be present.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
grace 2580
{2580} Prime
From H2603; graciousness, that is, subjectively (kindness, favor) or objectively (beauty).
in the eyes 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
of Yhw יָהוֶה. 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 6:8

_ _ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord — favor. What an awful state of things when only one man or one family of piety and virtue was now existing among the professed sons of God!

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Genesis 6:8-10

_ _ We have here Noah distinguished from the rest of the world, and a peculiar mark of honour put upon him. 1. When God was displeased with the rest of the world, he favoured Noah: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, Genesis 6:8. This vindicates God's justice in his displeasure against the world, and shows that he had strictly examined the character of every person in it before he pronounced it universally corrupt; for, there being one good man, he found him out, and smiled upon him. It also magnifies his grace towards Noah that he was made a vessel of God's mercy when all mankind besides had become the generation of his wrath: distinguishing favours bring under peculiarly strong obligations. Probably Noah did not find favour in the eyes of men; they hated and persecuted him, because both by his life and preaching he condemned the world. But he found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and this was honour and comfort enough. God made more account of Noah than of all the world besides, and this made him greater and more truly honourable than all the giants that were in those days, who became mighty men and men of renown. Let this be the summit of our ambition, to find grace in the eyes of the Lord; herein let us labour, that, present or absent, we may be accepted of him, 2 Corinthians 5:9. Those are highly favoured whom God favours. 2. When the rest of the world was corrupt and wicked, Noah kept his integrity: These are the generations of Noah (this is the account we have to give of him), Noah was a just man, Genesis 6:9. This character of Noah comes in here either, (1.) As the reason of God's favour to him; his singular piety qualified him for singular tokens of God's loving-kindness. Those that would find grace in the eyes of the Lord must be as Noah was and do as Noah did; God loves those that love him: or, (2.) As the effect of God's favour to him. It was God's good-will to him that produced this good work in him. He was a very good man, but he was no better than the grace of God made him, 1 Corinthians 15:10. Now observe his character. [1.] He was a just man, that is, justified before God by faith in the promised seed; for he was an heir of the righteousness which is by faith, Hebrews 11:7. he was sanctified, and had right principles and dispositions implanted in him; and he was righteous in his conversation, one that made conscience of rendering to all their due, to God his due and to men theirs. Note, None but a downright honest man can find favour with God. That conversation which will be pleasing to God must be governed by simplicity and godly sincerity, not by fleshly wisdom, 2 Corinthians 1:12. God has sometimes chosen the foolish things of the world, but he never chose the knavish things of it. [2.] He was perfect, not with a sinless perfection, but a perfection of sincerity; and it is well for us that by virtue of the covenant of grace, upon the score of Christ's righteousness, sincerity is accepted as our gospel perfection. [3.] He walked with God, as Enoch had done before him. He was not only honest, but devout; he walked, that is, he acted with God, as one always under his eye. He lived a life of communion with God; it was his constant care to conform himself to the will of God, to please him, and to approve himself to him. Note, God looks down upon those with an eye of favour who sincerely look up to him with an eye of faith. But, [4.] That which crowns his character is that thus he was, and thus he did, in his generation, in that corrupt degenerate age in which his lot was cast. It is easy to be religious when religion is in fashion; but it is an evidence of strong faith and resolution to swim against a stream to heaven, and to appear for God when no one else appears for him: so Noah did, and it is upon record, to his immortal honour.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 6:8

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord — This vindicates God's justice in his displeasure against the world, and shews that he had examined the character of every person in it, before he pronounced it universally corrupt; for there being one good man he smiled upon him.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Genesis 6:8

But Noah (i) found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

(i) God was merciful to him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Genesis 19:19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
Exodus 33:12-17 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. ... And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalms 145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
Proverbs 12:2 A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
Jeremiah 31:2 Thus saith the LORD, The people [which were] left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; [even] Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.
Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Acts 7:46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
Romans 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called [me] by his grace,
2 Timothy 1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth [person], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
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Gn 19:19. Ex 33:12. Ps 84:11; 145:20. Pv 3:4; 8:35; 12:2. Jr 31:2. Lk 1:30. Ac 7:46. Ro 4:4; 11:6. 1Co 15:10. Ga 1:15. 2Ti 1:18. Tit 2:11; 3:7. He 4:16. 2P 2:5.

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