Genesis 9:1-9 (New International Version)

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God's Covenant With Noah

1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.1 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.2 3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.3 Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.4 4 "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.5 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting.6 I will demand an accounting from every animal.7 And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.8 6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed;9 for in the image of God10 has God made man. 7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it."11 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 "I now establish my covenant with you12 and with your descendants after you
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