Genesis 6:5-8. The Lord saw how great man wickedness on the earth had become and that every inclination of the thoughs of his heart was only evil all the time.
The Lord grieved that he had made man on the earth and his heart was filled with pain , so the Lord said I will wipe mankind whom I have created fro the face of the earth.
Why was God sorry?
But the Bible also says this about God: “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart” (Genesis 6:6, King James Version). If God is perfect, meaning He has not sinned and never will sin, why did He repent? What did He need to repent of? The New King James Version translates this verse: “And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (emphasis added throughout except where noted).
Even though God didn’t sin, did He make a mistake in creating man? That would seem to contradict a consistent theme of the Bible, such as this powerful verse: “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power, His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5). Scripture consistently assures us that God is omniscient—that He knows everything. As such, He knew in advance mankind’s ability to sin and to be swayed by Satan to do evil.
Since the Bible cannot contradict itself (see John 10:35), how should we understand God’s statement in Genesis 6:6—that He was “sorry” and “grieved in His heart” for having made man? To understand what God was saying, let’s begin by noting the context of this passage.
What grieved God?
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:5-8).
Not only was the majority of mankind completely morally corrupt from the inside, another important detail is found in verse 11: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence” (see also verse 13). Humanity had become so violent that God had to intervene. The world was not a safe place to live—and was especially dangerous for the few who remained who weren’t evil.
Looking at the big picture expressed in these verses, we note that God didn’t make a mistake in creating humans. Instead, He was grieving because of the mistakes humans were making. The object of God’s grief was mankind—not some action on His part.
Because God made humans and knew in advance their weaknesses, He was not surprised or caught off guard by their behavior. Even so, God loves His creation and wants all to reap the rewards of obedience.