Genesis Chapter 9
God’s Covenant With Noah
9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them,
“Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the
beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature
that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are
given into your hands.
3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave
you the green plants, I now give you everything.
4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still
5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an
accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each
man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.
6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed;
for in the image of God
has God made man.
7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth
and increase upon it.”
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after
10 and with every living creature that was with you?the birds, the livestock
and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you?every
living creature on earth.
11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut
off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am
making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant
for all generations to come:
13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the
covenant between me and the earth.
14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the
15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures
of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all
16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember
the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every
kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant
I have established between me and all life on the earth.”