What was the antediluvian (pre-flood) world like?

Civilizations, language, etc.

Genesis 1:1 - 31

KJV - 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

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Open uri20131030 22623 f4m8o3 Jeffrey Kranz Believer, blogger, founder of the Overview Bible Project
In the book of Genesis, we are not given a perfect profile of antediluvian civilization, but the Word does tell us a few things:

1. There were various occupations, including farmers (Cain, Gn 4:2), shepherds (Abel, Gn 4:2), musicians (Jubal, Gn 4:21), metal-workers (Tubal-cain, Gn 4:22).

2. There was at least one city: the city of Enoch. This is the city Cain founded in Genesis 4:17.

3. Most importantly, we know that "wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Gn 6:5, NASB). The only exception was Noah, who was righteous and blameless—"Noah walked with God" (Gn 6:9).

4. The Lord had not given man permission to eat animals yet. That does not happen until after Noah leaves the ark (Gn 9:3). This doesn't mean all humans were vegetarian (there's no reason to believe a very wicked people would respect God's direction on what to eat), however.

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