Genesis 9:1
New International Version
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.

New Living Translation
Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth.

English Standard Version
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

Berean Study Bible
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

New American Standard Bible
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

King James Bible
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

Contemporary English Version
God said to Noah and his sons: I am giving you my blessing. Have a lot of children and grandchildren, so people will live everywhere on this earth.

Good News Translation
God blessed Noah and his sons and said, "Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

International Standard Version
God blessed Noah and his sons and ordered them, "Be productive, multiply, and fill the earth.

NET Bible
Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

New Heart English Bible
God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fertile, increase in number, and fill the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.

New American Standard 1977
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth.

American King James Version
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

American Standard Version
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And God blessed Noe and his sons, and said to them, Increase and multiply, and fill the earth and have dominion over it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God blessed Noe and his sons. And he said to them: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

English Revised Version
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

World English Bible
God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
And God blesseth Noah, and his sons, and saith to them, 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth;
Study Bible
The Covenant of the Rainbow
1And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2The fear and dread of you will fall on every living creature on the earth, every bird of the air, every creature that crawls on the ground, and all the fish of the sea. They are delivered into your hand.…
Cross References
Genesis 1:28
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that crawls upon the earth."

Genesis 9:2
The fear and dread of you will fall on every living creature on the earth, every bird of the air, every creature that crawls on the ground, and all the fish of the sea. They are delivered into your hand.

Genesis 9:7
But as for you, be fruitful and multiply; spread out across the earth and multiply upon it."

Genesis 9:19
These three were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated.

Genesis 35:11
And God told him, "I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation--even a company of nations--shall come from you, and kings shall descend from you.

Treasury of Scripture

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

blessed.

Genesis 9:7
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

Genesis 1:22,28
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth…

Genesis 2:3
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Be.

Genesis 9:7,19
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein…

Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Genesis 8:17
Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.







Lexicon
And God
אֱלֹהִ֔ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

blessed
וַיְבָ֣רֶךְ (way·ḇā·reḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

Noah
נֹ֖חַ (nō·aḥ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5146: Noah -- 'rest', patriarch who survived the flood

and his sons
בָּנָ֑יו (bā·nāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

and said
וַיֹּ֧אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to them,
לָהֶ֛ם (lā·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

“Be fruitful
פְּר֥וּ (pə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6509: To bear fruit, be fruitful

and multiply
וּרְב֖וּ (ū·rə·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

and fill
וּמִלְא֥וּ (ū·mil·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4390: To fill, be full of

the earth.
הָאָֽרֶץ׃ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
IX.

(1) God blessed Noah.--The blessing bestowed upon Noah, the second father of mankind, is exactly parallel to that given to our first father in Genesis 1:28-29; Genesis 2:16-17, with a significant addition growing out of the history of the past. There is the same command to fill the world with human life, and the same promise that the fear of man shall rest upon the whole animated creation; but this grant of dominion is so extended that the animals are now given to man for his food. But just as there was a restriction as regards Adam's food, the fruit of the tree of knowledge being refused him, so now there is a prohibition against the eating of blood. The addition is the sanctity given to human life, with the evident object of guarding against such a disruption of the human race as was the result of Cain's murder of Abel. Thus, then, man starts afresh upon his task of subjugating the earth, with increased empire over the animal world, and with his own life more solemnly guarded and made secure.

Verse 1. - And God - Elohim, not because belonging to the Elohistic document (Block, Tuch, Colcnso); but rather because throughout this section the Deity is exhibited in his relations to his creatures - blessed - a repetition of the primal blessing rendered necessary by the devastation of the Flood (cf. Genesis 1:28) - Noah and his sons, - as the new heads of the race, - and said unto them, - audibly, in contrast to Genesis 8:21, 22, which was not addressed to the patriarch, but spoken by God to himself in his heart, as if internally resolving on his subsequent course of action, - Be fruitful, and multiply. A favorite expression of the Elohist (cf. Genesis 1:28; Genesis 8:17; Genesis 9:1, 7; Genesis 17:20; Genesis 28:3; Genesis 35:11; Genesis 47:27; Genesis 48:14), (Tuch); but

(1) the apparently great number of passages melts away when we observe the verbally exact reference of Genesis 8:17; Genesis 9:1, 7 to Genesis 1:28; and of Genesis 48:4 to Genesis 35:11;

(2) the Elohist does not always employ his "favorite expression" where he might have done so, as, e.g., not in Genesis 1:22; Genesis 17:6; Genesis 28:14;

(3) the Jehovist does not avoid it where the course of thought necessarily calls for it (vide Leviticus 26:9), (Keil). And replenish the earth. The words, "and subdue it, which had a place in the Adamic blessing, and which the LXX. insert here in the Noachic (καὶ κατακυριεύσατε αὐτῆς), are omitted for the obvious reason that the world dominion originally assigned to man in Adam had been forfeited by sin, and could only be restored through the ideal Man, the woman's seed, to whom it had been transferred at the fail Hence says Paul, speaking of Christ: "καὶ πάντα ὑπέταξεν ὑπὸ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ (Ephesians 1:22); and the writer to the Hebrews: νῦν δὲ οὔπω ὀρῶμεν αὐτῷ (i.e. man) τὰ πάντα ὑποτεταγμένα, τὸν δὲ βραχύτι παρ ἀγγέλους ἠλαττομένον βλέπομεν Ἰησοῦν διὰ τὸ πάθημα τοῦ θανάτου δόξη καὶ τιμῆ ἐστεφανωμένον (i.e. the world dominion which David, Psalm 8:6, recognized as belonging to God's ideal man) ὅπως χάριτι θεοῦ ὑπὲρ παντὸς γεύσηται θανάτου (Genesis 2:8, 9). The original relationship which God had established between man and the lower creatures having been disturbed by sin, the inferior animals, as it were, gradually broke loose from their condition of subjection. As corruption deepened in the human race it was only natural to anticipate that man's lordship over the animal creation would become feebler and feebler. Nor, perhaps, is it an altogether violent hypothesis that, had the Deluge not intervened, in the course of time the beast would have become the master and man the slave. To prevent any such apprehensions in the future, as there was to be no second deluge, the relations of man and the lower creatures were to be placed on a new footing. Ultimately, in the palingenesia, they would be completely restored (cf. Isaiah 11:6); in the mean time, till that glorious consummation should arrive, the otherwise inevitable encroachments of the creatures upon the human family in its sin-created weakness should be restrained by a principle of fear. That was the first important modification made upon the original Adamic blessing. 9:1-3 The blessing of God is the cause of our doing well. On him we depend, to him we should be thankful. Let us not forget the advantage and pleasure we have from the labour of beasts, and which their flesh affords. Nor ought we to be less thankful for the security we enjoy from the savage and hurtful beasts, through the fear of man which God has fixed deep in them. We see the fulfilment of this promise every day, and on every side. This grant of the animals for food fully warrants the use of them, but not the abuse of them by gluttony, still less by cruelty. We ought not to pain them needlessly whilst they live, nor when we take away their lives.
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