Bible: Genesis 8:20-9:17

8:20 Noah built an altar to the Lord. He then took some of every kind of clean animal and clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 1  8:21 And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 2  and said 3  to himself, 4 I will never again curse 5  the ground because of humankind, even though 6  the inclination of their minds 7  is evil from childhood on. 8  I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.

8:22While the earth continues to exist, 9 

planting time 10  and harvest,

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

and day and night will not cease.”

God’s Covenant with Humankind through Noah

9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 9:2 Every living creature of the earth and every bird of the sky will be terrified of you. 11  Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority. 12  9:3 You may eat any moving thing that lives. 13  As I gave you 14  the green plants, I now give 15  you everything.

9:4 But 16  you must not eat meat 17  with its life (that is, 18  its blood) in it. 19  9:5 For your lifeblood 20  I will surely exact punishment, 21  from 22  every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person 23  I will exact punishment for the life of the individual 24  since the man was his relative. 25 

9:6Whoever sheds human blood, 26 

by other humans 27 

must his blood be shed;

for in God’s image 28 

God 29  has made humankind.”

9:7 But as for you, 30  be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.”

9:8 God said to Noah and his sons, 31  9:9 Look! I now confirm 32  my covenant with you and your descendants after you 33  9:10 and with every living creature that is with you, including the birds, the domestic animals, and every living creature of the earth with you, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature of the earth. 34  9:11 I confirm 35  my covenant with you: Never again will all living things 36  be wiped out 37  by the waters of a flood; 38  never again will a flood destroy the earth.”

9:12 And God said, “This is the guarantee 39  of the covenant I am making 40  with you 41  and every living creature with you, a covenant 42  for all subsequent 43  generations: 9:13 I will place 44  my rainbow 45  in the clouds, and it will become 46  a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. 9:14 Whenever 47  I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 9:15 then I will remember my covenant with you 48  and with all living creatures of all kinds. 49  Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy 50  all living things. 51  9:16 When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember 52  the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.”

9:17 So God said to Noah, “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between me and all living things 53  that are on the earth.”

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