Genesis 6:3 Body and Soul Confusion

“My spirit shall not abide in man for ever, for he is flesh, but his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.”

We are body and soul so how do I interpret this with that knowledge?

That, while the body has limits (here, being 120 days- whether or not to take that literally is a whole nother thread) the soul does not, and is everlasting.

From Haydock’s Commentary:

Ver. 3. His days shall be, &c. The meaning is, that man’s days, which before the flood were usually 900 years, should now be reduced to 120 years. Or rather, that God would allow men this term of 120 years, for their repentance and conversion, before he would send the deluge. (Challoner) — He spoke therefore to Noe in his 480th year. (St. Augustine) Those who suppose, that he foretold this event 20 years later, think with St. Jerome, that God retrenched 20 years from the time first assigned for penance. The Spirit of the sovereign Judge was fired with contending; or, as others translate it, with remaining quiet as in a scabbard, and bearing with the repeated crimes of men. He resolved to punish them severely in this world, that he might shew mercy to some of them hereafter. (St. Jerome, 9. Heb.) (Calmet) — If we suppose, that God here threatens to reduce the space of man’s life to 120 years, we must say, at least, that he did it by degrees: for many lived several hundred years, even after the deluge. In the days of Moses, indeed, few exceeded that term. But we think the other interpretation is more literal, and that God bore with mankind the full time which he promised.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

God is taking back His spirit in 120 years.

Note: You do know that the soul is spiritual, right?

363 In Sacred Scripture the term “soul” often refers to human life or the entire human person. But “soul” also refers to the innermost aspect of man, that which is of greatest value in him, that by which he is most especially in God’s image: “soul” signifies the spiritual principle in man.

Soul as we use it is a Greek concept that wasnt assimilated into Jewish thought until relatively late in the day. Hebrews had no strong notion of an afterlife. Nor did the Greeks, the soul was not really considered as existing apart from the body.

So your verse appears to refer to natural breath…when its taken from you then you die. God breathed us to life. So in death thise breath must return to God and our body to the clay.

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