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A Study on the “Giants” in Genesis


Angela Sue (Worley) Shaw


Gen 6:3And the LORD  3068 said,  559  8799 My spirit  7307 shall not always  5769 strive  1777  8799 with man,  120 for that he also  1571 is flesh:  1320  7683  8800 yet his days  3117 shall be an hundred  3967 and twenty  6242 years.

Gen 6:4There were giants  5303 (See Below);  in the earth  776 in those days;  3117 and also after  310 that,  3651 when  834 the sons  1121 of God  430 came in  935  8799 unto the daughters  1323 of men,  120 and they bare  3205  8804 children to them, the same  1992 became mighty men  1368 which were of old,  5769 men  582 of renown

5303 nephiyl { nef-eel’}  or nephil { nef-eel’}

from 5307 (See Below); TWOT - 1393a (See Below); n m

AV - giant 3; 3

GK - 5872 { µyliypinÒ


1)                                             giants, the Nephilim

5307 naphal { naw-fal’}

a primitive root; TWOT - 1392; v

AV - fail 318, fall down 25, cast 18, cast down 9, fall away 5, divide 5, overthrow 5, present 5, lay 3, rot 3, accepted 2, lie down 2, inferior 2, lighted 2, lost 2, misc 22; 434

GK - 5877 { lp'n:

1)   to fall, lie, be cast down, fail

1a)  (Qal)

1a1)  to fall

1a2)  to fall (of violent death)

1a3)  to fall prostrate, prostrate oneself before

1a4)  to fall upon, attack, desert, fall away to , go away to, fall into the hand of

1a5)  to fall short, fail, fall out, turn out, result

1a6)  to settle, waste away, be offered, be inferior to

1a7)  to lie, lie prostrate

1b)  (Hiphil)

1b1)  to cause to fall, fell, throw down, knock out, lay prostrate

1b2)  to overthrow

1b3)  to make the lot fall, assign by lot, apportion by lot

1b4)  to let drop, cause to fail (fig.)

1b5)  to cause to fall

1c)  (Hithpael)

1c1)  to throw or prostrate oneself, throw oneself upon

1c2)  to lie prostrate, prostrate oneself

1d)             (Pilel) to fall



1393a        µyliypinÒ

 (neápéÆléÆm) giants, the Nephilim (Gen 6:4; Num 13:33, only).

While some scholars attempt to relate this term etymologically to naµpal I via the noun neµpel “untimely birth” or “miscarriage” (as productive of superhuman monstrosities), a more likely reconstruction is the proposal of a root naµpal II, akin to other weak verbs, puÆl II “be wonderful, strong, mighty,” paµlaµ< “be wonderful,” and even paµlaÆ “separate, distinguish,” paµlal “discriminate.” This pattern of semantically related groups of weak verbs with two strong consonants in common is a notably recurrent phenomenon in Hebrew lexicography. Actually, the translation “giants” is supported mainly by the LXX and may be quite misleading. The word may be of unknown origin and mean “heroes” or “fierce warriors” etc. The RSV and NIV transliteration “Nephilim” is safer and may be correct in referring the noun to a race or nation.

See also:

Numbers 13:33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

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