In Genesis 6 sons of God and daughters of men cohabited and have offspring that were known as the Nephilim. There has been much speculation on who these sons and daughters were and I’ve changed my mind several times in what I think would be correct. Keep in mind that there are many possible views on this, none of which should be the basis of friendship or communion with believers. The Bible tells us that when humans began to multiply in number on the earth they natural gave birth to daughters. “The sons of God” saw how beautiful they were and married any of them that they chose.” The text goes on to say that these marriages brought forth children on the earth. (I’ll deal with the children – the Nephilim – tomorrow.)

Many have suggested that the term “Sons of God” is referring to angels. The source of this idea is found in the opening chapter of Job where the “Sons of God” presented themselves before God and Satan was among them. The idea that’s presented by many is that these must be “fallen angels” or what we know as demons. But since the Hebrew text of Genesis 6 says that there was “marriage” between the sons of God and the daughters of men, and Jesus made it clear (Matthew 22:30 & Mark 12:25) that angels do not marry, that interpretation may be ruled out. The sons of God might be understood to represent the more godly children of Seth whereas the daughters of men represent the ungodly daughters of Cain. Others suggest that it’s just another way of saying God made man from the dust thus he’s called “son of God” and he made Eve from the rib of man thus she’s called a daughter of man. This would simply mean that men & women married and had children. But this doesn’t explain the offspring (see tomorrow.)

I see the sons of God as male descendants of Adam who have succumbed to the sexual temptations (inspired by evil spirits) of beautiful women and contrary to God’s original plan maintained the idea of polygamy which often includes violence (See Lamech’s story in Genesis chapter 5). Also we see this in the phrase “they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.” This establishes the prelude to the flood which begins in Genesis chapter six also. It begins in verse 5; “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

“The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.” Genesis 6:2