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

  • Irene123
    To Susan on Genesis ch. 9 -- I agree with you on that .................
  • Susan
    Romans 10:17. All sin and fall short of the Glory of God. Noah was a good man but sinned by getting drunk. His son Ham took advantage of his fathers drunkeness and sinned His other sons knew this was wrong and covered their father, being careful to not even get a glimpse. All sin but all faithful can be forgiven John 3:16
  • Rebecca Joan
    I cannot understand why Noah cursed Ham. Did he not suppose to go in his fsther's tent. Did he know his father was naked and wanted to embarrassed him. After God spear Noah and his family, why did he got so drunk until he was out of his cloths. When the ark came back to Israel David dance out of his cloths he was worshiping David bless his people. Why did Noah got drunk and then curse his son.
  • Lu2677
    V.9 Noah drank wine and was drunk, it is not figuratively speaking! V.24 Noah awoke from his wine. There is no context in these 2 v. of devine ecstacy or cultivating truth.
  • Seeker
    Noah's drunkenness describes figuratively a state of divine ecstacy, since his planting of a vineyard implies his cultivation of Truth and Holiness.
  • Nige'
    Charity eze's. At that time there was a culture that attributed the conduct character of an individual to the father: e.g, after David had slain Goliath Saul enquired whose son David was - 1Sam 17:55-58, also 1Kings 5:7 and many others, as Soloman himself taught, Prov 22:6 train up the child in the way he should go... Had Noah cursed Ham, he would have been attributing the character and actions on Ham to himself in pronouncing the curse toward Canaan he was clearly showing where the source of the wickedness lay. Though it's not immediately obvious, Noah actually then blesses Canaan: the declaration "a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren" follows the same cultural idiom used later on in phrases such as King of kings and Lord of lords. It's a statement of declaring excellence. History has indeed shown that the descendants of Canaan have indeed served many nations through their creativity and ingenuity.

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