Bible: Genesis 9:1-7

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. 1  Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority. 2  9:3 You may eat any moving thing that lives. 3  As I gave you 4  the green plants, I now give 5  you everything.

9:4 But 6  you must not eat meat 7  with its life (that is, 8  its blood) in it. 9  9:5 For your lifeblood 10  I will surely exact punishment, 11  from 12  every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person 13  I will exact punishment for the life of the individual 14  since the man was his relative. 15 

9:6Whoever sheds human blood, 16 

by other humans 17 

must his blood be shed;

for in God’s image 18 

God 19  has made humankind.”

9:7 But as for you, 20  be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.”

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