God blessed Noah and his sons: He said, "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth!
Every living creature - birds, animals, fish - will fall under your spell and be afraid of you. You're responsible for them.
All living creatures are yours for food; just as I gave you the plants, now I give you everything else.
Except for meat with its lifeblood still in it - don't eat that.
"But your own lifeblood I will avenge; I will avenge it against both animals and other humans.
Whoever sheds human blood, by humans let his blood be shed, Because God made humans in his image reflecting God's very nature.
You're here to bear fruit, reproduce, lavish life on the Earth, live bountifully!"
Then God spoke to Noah and his sons:
"I'm setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you,
along with everything alive around you - birds, farm animals, wild animals - that came out of the ship with you.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)