There Were Giants In Those Days


“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 bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4

The Bible says there were giants on earth so it is a historical fact that there were giants on earth, the Word of God is not a fairytale nor does it lie. Also many skeletons of giants have been discovered but it is not widely talked about because it is just another thing that proves God is real. Before the Flood the Nephilim existed who were the offspring of the fallen angels and the daughters of men. This race of beings were some of the great kings in the very ancient world, no doubt with superhuman strength and powers. But they would have been wiped out in the Flood when God killed off everyone except 8 people. For some reason giants are still mentioned in the Bible after the Flood, so it is not entirely known if the Nephilim came back but some things are just not for us to fully understand. We will look at just a couple cases of giants in the Bible.

“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

King Og of Bashan was a giant and his height is said to be over 12 feet tall, his bed was 13 1/2 feet long and about 6 feet wide since a cubit is translated as about 18 inches. There are several other Bible passages that refer to Og of Bashan as a giant as well.

“10 The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; 11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.” Deuteronomy 2:10-11

The Emims were a warlike tribe of the Ancient Canaanites, they were giants, similar to the feared Anakims.

Moses sent men to spy out the Land of Canaan before they were to try and overtake it and the men he sent to spy saw the Anakims and were afraid of them because of their size:
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

“31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:30-33

It is obvious that giants were numerous in the Land of Canaan, the only reason the Israelites were able to overcome these giants is because of God fighting for them. Goliath is the most popular giant in the Bible and it appears he may have had Anakim blood in him:

“And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.” 1 Samuel 17:4

“And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.” 1 Samuel 17:7

Goliath was said to be 6 cubits and a span which would put his height about 9’9″ tall. Being almost 10 feet tall and a warrior his body would have looked incredibly gigantic compared to an average person. The translation for his spear’s head is about 15 pounds. Goliath was not the only giant at Gath:

“And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot and he also was the son of the giant.” 1 Chronicles 20:6

“Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.” Amos 2:9

This verse in Amos seems to say that the giant Amorites were comparable in height to the cedars. The early Canaanite giants may have been much taller than King Og or Goliath based on skeletons found and Biblical description although there is not an exact metion of height like Og or Goliath.

These are just a few Bible verses mentioning giants, there are many more. We do not know exactly where the giants mentioned in the Bible came from. The Bible, historical artifacts and other non-Biblical resources prove without a doubt that they existed. Were they somehow descended from the Nephilim even after the Flood? Was there a secret in the ancient world where they were able to reconstruct Nephilim DNA? We will never know until we are in Heaven (if we repent and become saved) and can ask Jesus ourselves. To deny that giants existed is to deny the Bible.

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