Learning Biblical Hebrew
10/27/12 at 04:05 PM 0 Comments

What was the sin of the animals before the flood?

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When The Lord decided to destroy the world that he had created, he said these words:

" וַיַּרְא יְהוָה, כִּי רַבָּה רָעַת הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ, וְכָל-יֵצֶר מַחְשְׁבֹת לִבּוֹ, רַק רַע כָּל-הַיּוֹם. וַיִּנָּחֶם יְהוָה, כִּי-עָשָׂה אֶת-הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ; וַיִּתְעַצֵּב, אֶל-לִבּוֹ. וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה, אֶמְחֶה אֶת-הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָאתִי מֵעַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה, מֵאָדָם עַד-בְּהֵמָה, עַד-רֶמֶשׂ וְעַד-עוֹף הַשָּׁמָיִם: כִּי נִחַמְתִּי, כִּי עֲשִׂיתִם."

"The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become to the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them"(Genesis 6:5-7)

A question that one of the students of the webinar asked is why The Lord punished the animals, what was their sin? The deterioration in the humanity's behavior is clear, but what did the animals do wrong?

Well, dear friends, this question is awesome! The sages of Israel explained in Genesis Rabbah that not just the man failed and committed sins, the land itself was evil. Instead of having wheat as a crop it produced a smelly tree. In the Midrash there is also a reference to the animals, as written:

" הכל קלקלו מעשיהן בדור המבול, הכלב היה הולך אצל הזאב והתרנגול היה מהלך אצל הטווס"

"Everyone was corrupted in the flood's generation- The dog went to be with the wolf and the rooster with the peacock"

Another thing that they mentioned about the animals is that they under the rule of the man, and if the man won't be there due to his sins there is no point that the animals will survive, except two animals, male and female!

On the first week of November there will be a webinar that will be called: questions and answers. You are more than welcome to send us here your answers or on our Facebook fan page!

Hebrew- Transcription-Translation

רַע-ra'-Evil

חַיָּה-chayyāh-Animal

הָאֲדָמָה-hā'ădāmāh-The land

מַבּוּל-mabbûl-Flood

כָּל-kol-All

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