Genesis 6:6

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Genesis 6:6: And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
Exodus 32:14: So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.
Numbers 14:20: Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word;
1 Samuel 15:35: And Samuel went no more to see Saul until the day of his death. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul, and the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.
2 Samuel 24:16: And when the angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the destruction, and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “It is enough; now restrain your hand.” And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

Numbers 23:19: “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
1 Samuel 15:29: And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.”
Multiple Verses: God is omniscient and immutable.

Multiple verses say that God sometimes regrets, but Numbers and First Samuel say that God never regrets, and multiple verses say that God is omniscient and immutable.

1. God can regret != God can't regret.
2. God can regret != God is omniscient and immutable.

(Solving: 1 and 2)

The word 'sorry/regret/relent' in Genesis, Exodus, 1 Samuel, and 2 Samuel is a translation of the Hebrew word nacham, which means1: "to be sorry, console oneself, repent, regret, comfort, be comforted; to be sorry, be moved to pity, have compassion; to be sorry, rue, suffer grief, repent; to comfort oneself, be comforted; to comfort oneself, ease oneself; to comfort, console; to be comforted, be consoled; to be sorry, have compassion; to rue, repent of; to comfort oneself, be comforted; to ease oneself"

So the Lord 'regretting' those things could have just meant that He was grieved or moved to compassion by them.

As for Numbers 14:20, just because God pardoned someone doesn't mean He regretted anything.


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