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I heard once that it says somewhere in Chazal that there were certain things or people that HaShem "regretted" (had "charatah") in creating. Although I don't remember which examples were given or if a source was give. Does anyone know of such a statement in Chazal (or perhaps not just one but a few if there are?)

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@DoubleAA In that vein, see also Sh'mu'el I (15:11). Nonetheless, it bears remembering B'midbar (23:19) and Sh'mu'el I (15:29); per the Ibn Ezra (Sh'mos 32:14), HaShem's regret is anthropopathic and He does not actually change His mind. – Fred Apr 7 '13 at 20:15
@Fred Same applies to the accepted answer – Double AA Apr 7 '13 at 22:06
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Sukkah 52b:

ארבעה מתחרט עליהן הקדוש ברוך הוא שבראם ואלו הם: גלות, כשדים, וישמעאלים ויצר הרע - There are four that the Holy One, Blessed is He, regrets having created. And these are they: The exile, the Chaldeans, the Ishmaelites, and the evil inclination.

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any time you find such language about God it is not meant to be taken literally.

the reason is that God knows ahead of time what will happen, so the whole concept of regret does not apply to Him.

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this would make a constructive comment, but it doesn't really answer the question, which asks for a statement, not the explanation of Gd's 'regret' – Baby Seal Jan 23 '14 at 8:35

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