Genesis 9:13

“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I doe set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a couenant, betweene me and the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I will put my bow in the cloud and it will be for a sign of the agreement between me and the earth.
- Basic English Bible

I set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be for a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
- Darby Bible

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
- Webster's Bible

I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth.
- World English Bible

My bow I have given in the cloud, and it hath been for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 9:13


9:13 I set my bow in the clouds - The rainbow, 'tis likely was seen in the clouds before, but was never a seal of the covenant 'till now. Now, concerning this seal of the covenant, observe, This seal is affixed with repeated assurances of the truth of that promise, which it was designed to be the ratification of; I do set my bow in the cloud, #Ge 9:13|. It shall be seen in the cloud, #Ge 9:14|. and it shall be a token of the covenant, #Ge 9:12|,13. And I will remember my covenant, that the waters shall no more become a flood, #Ge 9:15|. Nay, as if the eternal Mind needed a memorandum, I will look upon it that I may remember the everlasting covenant, #Ge 9:16|. The rainbow appears when the clouds are most disposed to wet; when we have most reason to fear the rain prevailing, God shews this seal of the promise that it shall not prevail. The rainbow appears when one part of the sky is clear, which imitates mercy remembered in the midst of wrath, and the clouds are hemmed as it were with the rainbow, that it may not overspread the heavens, for the bow is coloured rain, or the edges of a cloud gilded. As God looks upon the bow that he may remember the covenant, so should we, that we also may be ever mindful of the covenant with faith and thankfulness.


Discussion for Genesis 9

  • Eddie
    don't understand,why noah cursed shem,and canaan,can you clairyfiey why noah cursed them please.
  • Irene123
    To Netlace - You have done the same thing you have said I did. Nothing in Gen. says the 'wine' from the ark. It says nothing about 'wine' - fermented or not and nothing about grapes. How do you know there was wine on the ark? This is just an observation; no judging; please believe that.
  • Netlace
    RNM I agree 100 with you, would love to here more of your idea of the earth. Most know it is not a spinning marble chasing the sun, headed for hurcules...... Or I sure hope they do.... Bible proves it is stable.
  • Netlace
    The changing of grape juice to wine would occur quickly after the flood vs before because of the fall of the canopy. Whether the wine was leftover from before the flood or after, the new conditions of earth was new to Noah. I don't believe the age of his grandson is disclosed so time unknown. But prior to the flood wine kept a long time as unfermented. Noah walked with God, this was unintentional.
  • Netlace
    Irene123 ,, The reason for Noah becoming "drunk" is the wine had fermented because of the year in the ark. Someone who is not used to strong drink would easily become intoxicated. I am only aware of one occasion. He did not turn to drunken-ness. Please do not add such things, others may believe it to be truth...
  • Irene123
    To Charity eze - You need to KNOW - God is in CONTROL of everything - even our words. Noah was God's man - even though he turned to drunkenness after the flood; God still honored him. No one knows what Ham did, but- it was awful. God honored Noah's curse, and ONLY God had power to put it into effect. We have no power. Why Canaan? I have no answer for that. THAT - is God's business, not mine.

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