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1 And the earth was corrupted before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before me, for the earth was filled with violence because of them. Now, look, I am going to destroy them along with the earth. Genesis 06 : 11-13 (LEB)
10 וַיֹּ֕אמֶר אֶת־קֹלְךָ֥ שָׁמַ֖עְתִּי בַּגָּ֑ן וָאִירָ֛א כִּֽי־עֵירֹ֥ם 11 וַתִּשָּׁחֵ֥ת הָאָ֖רֶץ לִפְנֵ֣י הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים וַתִּמָּלֵ֥א הָאָ֖רֶץ חָמָֽס׃ 12 וַיַּ֧רְא אֱלֹהִ֛ים אֶת־הָאָ֖רֶץ וְהִנֵּ֣ה נִשְׁחָ֑תָה כִּֽי־הִשְׁחִ֧ית כָּל־בָּשָׂ֛ר אֶת־דַּרְכּ֖וֹ עַל־הָאָֽרֶץ׃ ס 13 וַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֜ים לְנֹ֗חַ קֵ֤ץ כָּל־בָּשָׂר֙ בָּ֣א לְפָנַ֔י כִּֽי־מָלְאָ֥ה הָאָ֛רֶץ חָמָ֖ס מִפְּנֵיהֶ֑ם וְהִנְנִ֥י מַשְׁחִיתָ֖ם אֶת־הָאָֽרֶץ׃ Genesis 6:11–13 (LHB)

The use of the hebrew, "before/to the face of the Elohim (singular with article)" tends to be used in direct person-to-person encounters. Additionally, it says in verse 12, "and he saw, God, the land, and behold". Employing the interjection "Behold/Look" is best reconstructed to mean Yahweh was investigating the corruption firsthand, in person, corporeally. This is in line with Genesis 3 and the garden, and in line with Genesis 11 and the tower of Babel, and in line with Genesis 18-19 with investigating Sodom and Gomorrah.

This would seem to indicate a connection between corporeality and judgment. Yahweh, as judge of all the earth, gives the case a firsthand inspection, rather than sitting in an ivory-towered courtroom in heaven. This would probably be very comforting to an ancient, who would probably be used to a judge "on circuit", traveling from locale to locale, establishing justice in his domain.