Genesis 6:5-6 (ESV)
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
Genesis 6:17-18 (ESV)
17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.
God chooses the line of Shem for a special nation
“…Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth…” (Genesis 9:18)
The descendants of Shem are called Semites and they include the Hebrews and the Arab tribes. Abraham came from the Chaldeans who also traced their origins to these Semitic roots. Israel was to come from Shem’s line.