Genesis 9:1

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.

Read Genesis 9:1 Using Other Translations

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth.

What does Genesis 9:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 9:1

And God blessed Noah and his sons
With temporal blessings, not spiritual ones; for though some of them were blessed with such, yet not all, particularly Ham:

and said unto them, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the
earth;
depopulated by the flood: this is a renewal of the blessing on Adam, a power and faculty of propagating his species, which was as necessary now as then, since there were so few of the human race left in the world; and the renewal of this grant was the rather necessary, if, as has been observed, Noah and his sons were restrained from cohabiting with their wives while in the ark: but though these words are not an express command for the propagation of their species, yet more than a bare permission, at least they are a direction and instruction to it, and even carry in them a promise of fruitfulness, that they should multiply and increase, which was very needful at this time.

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