6 • And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth,
and it grieved him to his heart.
7 • So the Lord said,
"I will blot out man whom I have created
from the face of the land,
and creeping things
and birds of the heavens,
for I am sorry that I have made them."
8 • But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.
God, who in his grace translated Enoch so that he did not see death and granted release to all others looking for salvation (even down to Methuselah, who died in the year that the flood came) gave his grace to Noah, the bearer of hope, ([Genesis 5:29] '... "Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands."') to prepare him for, and bring him through, the flood that was scheduled to destroy all mankind and nature in recognition of the incorrigibility of man's sinfulness.