Giants of the Bible in Genesis 6
Translation of Giants from the Original Hebrew
Reference to giants in the Bible is most often translated from the Hebrew proper name Rapha (pronounced raw-FAW), and the Raphaim were the descendants of this mightiest of the giants. Of all 11 verses in the Old Testament that reference the plural form of giants, all but the first instance translates to Rapha. The first appearance of giants in the Bible is in Genesis 6:4, and translates from the Hebrew name Nephil (pronounced neff-EEL) or Nephilim as follows:
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. Genesis 6:4 (KJV)
The phrase “in those days; and also after that” is significant. Understanding the origin of these giants and the fact they have appeared several times in the course of history is important to learn. Those days were the days of Noah. These half angel and half human giants all died in the flood, yet the “also after that” shows other giants appeared. The Nephilim and later the Raphaim are the descendants of fallen angels.
The further reference in this verse to the “sons of God” helps explain these giants when you refer back to Genesis 6:2 to learn the origin of these superhuman beings. These Nephilim are the offspring of fallen angels who came to earth to take wives and have children. By studying all 11 verses involving these giants, one begins to realize the massive size and power they possessed.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 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 6:1-2 (KJV)
Other words that describe these giants characterize them as evil beyond imagination, as well. Looking ahead from Genesis 6, the next chapter begins the story of Noah, the great flood, and the destruction of mankind. The evil influence of the fallen angels and their descendants brought the world into such utter moral decay, that God intended to destroy everyone before making the exception of Noah and his family.
Instead, Noah was described as “perfect” in Genesis 7, yet even that word could be misunderstood. Afterall, no one is perfect. Until I viewed the Hebrew and detailed translation, I would have thought that he was perfect in the moral sense. The definition of perfect means pure in the physical sense, as in bloodline from Adam. The Nehpilim and their offspring had intermarried and corrupted mankind almost to the point of no return.
Size Comparison of Bible Giants to Modern Man
Rapha was the most prominent of the Nephilim, yet there were many other named giants including Anak, the root ancestor of the Anakims, and the last of the giants, Og the King of Bashan. Just how huge was Og? Here’s a clue from the book of Deuteronomy:
For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man. Deuteronomy 3:11 (KJV)
Og required a bed 9 × 4 cubits made of iron as described in the above verse, and for approximate modern measurements convert 1 cubit to 18 inches, or just under 1/2 meter (0.4572 meters). His bed was 13.5 feet long by 6 feet wide (4.1 meters by 1.83 meters). This giant descendant of a supernatural fallen angel was likely 12 feet tall minimum if you allow 18 inches to tuck his feet in at night.
Satan and the Spiritually Dead Continue to Attack
Satan knows his destiny. He also knew the promise of The Messiah. Corrupting and attacking the bloodline leading to Christ happened throughout Bible history. The attempt to pollute the bloodline began with the generations descended from Adam, the destruction of all in the flood with the exception of Noah’s family, and then again with attacks on Abraham and later David as just some examples.
I encourage all persons interested in the ultimate riddles of life to continue reading God’s Holy Word in search of answers to the secrets and mysteries of this life, and the eternal life awaiting us in the future. Did you pick up on the facts about Og living and dying after the flood? It’s obvious a second irruption of fallen angels after Noah’s time took wives and reproduced to bring about these new giants.
Those mentioned in Genesis 6 were translated from Nephil, and the subsequent 10 verses after Genesis translated from Rapha were after the flood. Beware. Evil will continue to pollute mankind until the second advent of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Final Thoughts About the Giants of the Bible
Perhaps the giants represent the answer to the ancient secret of who built the pyramids. The existance of these giant offspring may help explain the beginning of Roman and Greek god mythology, also. In other Bible verses the physical description of their weapons and armor help bring their size into perspective, so it’s easy to imagine people being mislead or impressed.
More importantly, when taking the English words in the Old Testament of the Bible back to the original Hebrew language for a broader definition, the hidden mysteries are revealed. In this case, the forces of good and evil are understood on a much grander scale. If you are anything like me, the word “giant” simply brings to mind people that are bigger than average like basketball players. How exciting Bible study becomes when words understood in our modern context are taken back to the original meaning.