Genesis 9:17
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New International Version
So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth."

New Living Translation
Then God said to Noah, "Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth."

English Standard Version
God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

New American Standard Bible
And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."

King James Bible
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have confirmed between Me and every creature on earth."

International Standard Version
God also told Noah, "This is the symbol of the covenant that I've established between me and everything that lives on the earth."

NET Bible
So God said to Noah, "This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between me and all living things that are on the earth."

New Heart English Bible
God said to Noah, "This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the promise I am making to all life on earth."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God said unto Noah: 'This is the token of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth.'

New American Standard 1977
And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God said unto Noah, This shall be the sign of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

American King James Version
And God said to Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.

American Standard Version
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God said to Noe: This shall be the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh upon the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

English Revised Version
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God said to Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

World English Bible
God said to Noah, "This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."

Young's Literal Translation
And God saith unto Noah, 'This is a token of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth.'
Study Bible
The Covenant of the Rainbow
16"When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." 17And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth." 18Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.…
Cross References
Genesis 9:12
God said, "This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;

Genesis 9:16
"When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."

Genesis 9:18
Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.
Treasury of Scripture

And God said to Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.

Verse 17. - And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant. Murphy thinks that God here directed the patriarch's attention to an actual rainbow; it seems more natural to conclude that from the beginning of the interview (Genesis 8:20) the ark, altar, and worshippers were encircled by its variegated arch. Kalisch compares with the rainbow the other signs which God subsequently appended to his covenants; as, e.g., circumcision (Genesis 17:11), the passover (Exodus 12:13), the sabbath (ibid. 31:13). The Noachic covenant being universal, the sign was also universal - "τέρας μερόπων ἀνθρώπων (I1, 11:27), a sign to men of many tongues. The later covenants being limited to Israel, their signs were local and provisional, and have now been supplanted by the higher symbolism of the Christian Church, viz., baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the Christian sabbath. Which I have established. The different verbs used in this passage in connection with בְּרִית may be here brought together.

1. נָתַן (ver. 12) representing the covenant as a gift of Divine grace.

2. קוּס (Hiph.; vers. 9, 11, 17) exhibiting the covenant as something which God has both caused to stand and raised up when fallen.

3. זָכַר (ver. 15) depicting the covenant as always present to the Divine mind. Tuch, Stahelin, and Delitzsch detect an idiosyncrasy of the Elohist in using the first and second of these verbs instead of כָּרַת, the favorite expression of the Jehovist. But כָּרַת is used by the Elohist in Genesis 21:27, 32, while in Deuteronomy 4:18 the Jehovist uses הֵקִיס. Between ms and all flesh that is upon the earth.

And God said to Noah, this is the token of the covenant,.... Which is repeated for the greater confirmation and certainty of it, since the fears of men would be apt to run very high, especially while the flood was fresh in memory:

which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth: see Genesis 9:9, it is highly probable, that from the rainbow being the token of the covenant between God and Noah, and the creatures, sprung the fable of the Chinese concerning their first emperor, Fohi, who seems to be the same with Noah, and whom they call the son of heaven, and say he had no father; which is this, that his mother, walking on the bank of a lake near Lanthien, in the province of Xensi, trod upon a large footstep of a man impressed upon the sand, and from thence, being surrounded with the rainbow, conceived and brought forth Fohi (x).

(x) Martin. Sinic. Hist. p. 11. 9:8-17 As the old world was ruined, to be a monument of justice, so this world remains to this day a monument of mercy. But sin, that drowned the old world, will burn this. Articles of agreement among men are sealed, that what is promised may be the more solemn, and the doing of what is covenanted the more sure to mutual satisfaction. The seal of this covenant was the rainbow, which, it is likely, was seen in the clouds before, but was never a seal of the covenant till now it was made so. The rainbow appears when we have most reason to fear the rain prevailing; God then shows this seal of the promise, that it shall not prevail. The thicker the cloud, the brighter the bow in the cloud. Thus, as threatening afflictions abound, encouraging consolations much more abound. The rainbow is the reflection of the beams of the sun shining upon or through the drops of rain: all the glory of the seals of the covenant are derived from Christ, the Sun of righteousness. And he will shed a glory on the tears of his saints. A bow speaks terror, but this has neither string nor arrow; and a bow alone will do little hurt. It is a bow, but it is directed upward, not toward the earth; for the seals of the covenant were intended to comfort, not to terrify. As God looks upon the bow, that he may remember the covenant, so should we, that we may be mindful of the covenant with faith and thankfulness. Without revelation this gracious assurance could not be known; and without faith it can be of no use to us; and thus it is as to the still greater dangers to which all are exposed, and as to the new covenant with its blessings.
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