5The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. ~NIV
5Then 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. ~NASB
5 -7 God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil—evil, evil, evil from morning to night. ~The Message
5The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually. ~Amplified Bible
5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. ~New Living Translation
5And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. ~KJV
5 When the LORD saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time, ~HCS Bible
5The Lord saw how bad the sins of man had become on the earth. All of the thoughts in his heart were always directed only toward what was evil. ~NRIV
Ok, seriously, look at this, every inclination… were evil ALL the time.
To imagine, every single soul was evil in every thought, word and deed all the time continually.
Some smarter people than me commenting on this verse:
From John Gill
the heart of man is evil and wicked, desperately wicked, yea, wickedness itself, a fountain of iniquity, out of which abundance of evil flows, by which it may be known in some measure what is in it, and how wicked it is; but God, that sees it, only knows perfectly all the wickedness of it, and the evil that is in it: the “thoughts” of his heart are evil; evil thoughts are formed in the heart, and proceed from it; they are vain, foolish, and sinful, and abominable in the sight of God, by whom they are seen, known, and understood afar off: the “imagination” of his thoughts is evil, the formation of them; they were evil while forming, the substratum of thought, the very beginning of it, the first motion to it, yea, “every” such one was evil, and “only” so; not one good among them, not one good thing in their hearts, no one good thought there, nor one good imagination of the thought; and so it was “continually” from their birth, from their youth upwards, throughout the whole of their lives, and all the days of their lives, night and day, and day after day, without intermission: this respects the original corruption of human nature, and shows it to be universal; for this was not only true of the men of the old world, but of all mankind; the same is said of men after the flood as before, and of all men in general without any exception, (Genesis 8:21) (Psalms 14:1-3) (Romans 3:9-11) . Hence appears the necessity of regeneration, and proves that the new creature is not an improvement of the old principles of corrupt nature, since there is no good thing in man but what is put into him; also the disability of man to do that which is good, even to think a good thought, or do a good action; therefore the works of unregenerate men are not properly good works, since they cannot flow from a right principle, or be directed to a right end.
Matthew Henry says it concisely
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge:
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- 13:13; 18:20,21; Psalms 14:1-4; 53:2; Romans 1:28-31; 3:9-19
- every imagination
- or, the whole imagination. The Hebrew word signifies not only the imagination, but also the purposes and desires.
- 8:21; Deuteronomy 29:19; Job 15:16; Proverbs 6:18; Ecclesiastes 7:29; 9:3; Jeremiah 17:9; Ezekiel 8:9,12; Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21-23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Titus 3:3
- Jeremiah 4:14
- Heb. every day.
This is why we need a Saviour. Can I hear an AMEN?