Genesis 9:1-17 (Lexham English Bible)

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God’s Covenant with Noah and Humankind

1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And fear of you and dread of you shall be upon every animal of the earth, and on every bird of heaven,a [and] on everything that moves upon the ground, and on all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they shall be given. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be for you as food. As [I gave] the green plants to you, I have [now] given you everything. 4 Only you shall not eat {raw flesh with blood in it}.b 5 Andc {your lifeblood}d I will require; from {every animal}e I will require it. And from the hand of humankind, from the hand of [each] man to his brother I will require the life of humankind. 6 "[As for] the one shedding the blood of humankind, by humankind his blood shall be shed, for God made humankind in his own image. 7 "And you, be fruitful and multiply, swarm on the earth and multiply in it." 8 And God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 "As for me, behold, I am establishing my covenant with you and with your seed after you, 10 and with every living creature that [is] with you--the birds, the animals, and every animal of the earth with you, from all [that] came out of the ark to all the animals of the earth. 11 I am establishing my covenant with you, that never again will all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, nor will there ever be a flood that destroys the earth." 12 And God said, "This [is] the sign of the covenant that I am making between me and you, and between every living creature that [is] with you for future generations. 13 My bow I have set in the clouds, and it shall be for a sign of [the] covenant between me and between the earth. 14 And when I make clouds appear over the earth the bow shall be seen in the clouds. 15 Thenf I will remember my covenant that [is] between me and you, and between every living creature, with all flesh. And the waters of a flood will never again {cause the destruction}g of all flesh. 16 The bow shall be in the clouds, and I will see it, so as to remember [the] everlasting covenant between God and between every living creature, with all flesh that [is] upon the earth." 17 And God said to Noah, "This [is] the sign of the covenant which I am establishing between me and all flesh that [is] upon the earth.
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