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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 1:28

And God blessed them, and God said vnto them, Be fruitfull, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and haue dominion ouer the fish of the sea, and ouer the foule of the aire, and ouer euery liuing thing that mooueth vpon the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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 birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God gave them his blessing and said to them, Be fertile and have increase, and make the earth full and be masters of it; be rulers over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing moving on the earth.
- Basic English Bible

And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over every animal that moveth on the earth.
- Darby Bible

And God blessed them, and God said to 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 animal that moveth upon the earth.
- Webster's Bible

God blessed them. God said to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
- World English Bible

And God blesseth them, and God saith to them, `Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over fish of the sea, and over fowl of the heavens, and over every living thing that is creeping upon the earth.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

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 creepeth upon the earth.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 1:28

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 1:28


1:26-28 We have here the second part of the sixth day's work, the creation of man, which we are in a special manner concerned to take notice of. Observe, That man was made last of all the creatures, which was both an honour and a favour to him: an honour, for the creation was to advance from that which was less perfect, to that which was more so and a favour, for it was not fit he should be lodged in the palace designed for him, till it was completely fitted and furnished for his reception. Man, as soon as he was made, had the whole visible creation before him, both to contemplate, and to take the comfort of. That man's creation was a mere signal act of divine wisdom and power, than that of the other creatures. The narrative of it is introduced with solemnity, and a manifest distinction from the rest. Hitherto it had been said, Let there be light, and Let there be a firmament: but now the word of command is turned into a word of consultation, Let us make man - For whose sake the rest of the creatures were made. Man was to be a creature different from all that had been hitherto made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth must be put together in him, and he must be allied to both worlds. And therefore God himself not only undertakes to make, but is pleased so to express himself, as if he called a council to consider of the making of him; Let us make man - The three persons of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, consult about it, and concur in it; because man, when he was made, was to be dedicated and devoted to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. That man was made in God's image, and after his likeness; two words to express the same thing. God's image upon man, consists, In his nature, not that of his body, for God has not a body, but that of his soul. The soul is a spirit, an intelligent, immortal spirit, an active spirit, herein resembling God, the Father of spirits, and the soul of the world. In his place and authority. Let us make man in our image, and let him have dominion. As he has the government of the inferior creatures, he is as it were God's representative on earth. Yet his government of himself by the freedom of his will, has in it more of God's image, than his government of the creatures. And chiefly in his purity and rectitude. God's image upon man consists in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, #Eph 4:24|; Col 3:10. He was upright, #Ec 7:29|. He had an habitual conformity of all his natural powers to the whole will of God. His understanding saw divine things clearly, and there were no errors in his knowledge: his will complied readily and universally with the will of God; without reluctancy: his affections were all regular, and he had no inordinate appetites or passions: his thoughts were easily fixed to the best subjects, and there was no vanity or ungovernableness in them. And all the inferior powers were subject to the dictates of the superior. Thus holy, thus happy, were our first parents, in having the image of God upon them. But how art thou fallen, O son of the morning? How is this image of God upon man defaced! How small are the remains of it, and how great the ruins of it! The Lord renew it upon our souls by his sanctifying grace! That man was made male and female, and blessed with fruitfulness. He created him male and female, Adam and Eve: Adam first out of earth, and Eve out of his side. God made but one male and one female, that all the nations of men might know themselves to be made of one blood, descendants, from one common stock, and might thereby be induced to love one another. God having made them capable of transmitting the nature they had received, said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth - Here he gave them, A large inheritance; replenish the earth, in which God has set man to be the servant of his providence, in the government of the inferior creatures, and as it were the intelligence of this orb; to be likewise the collector of his praises in this lower world, and lastly, to be a probationer for a better state. A numerous lasting family to enjoy this inheritance; pronouncing a blessing upon them, in the virtue of which, their posterity should extend to the utmost corners of the earth, and continue to the utmost period of time. That God gave to man a dominion over the inferior creatures, over fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air - Though man provides for neither, he has power over both, much more over every living thing that moveth upon the earth - God designed hereby to put an honour upon man, that he might find himself the more strongly obliged to bring honour to his Maker.

1:29-30 We have here the third part of the sixth day's work, which was not any new creation, but a gracious provision of food for all flesh, #Psa 136:25|. - Here is, 1. Food provided for man, Ge 1:29. herbs and fruits must be his meat, including corn, and all the products of the earth. And before the earth was deluged, much more before it was cursed for man's sake, its fruits no doubt, were more pleasing to the taste, and more strengthening and nourishing to the body. 2. Food provided for the beasts, #Ge 1:30|. Doth God take care of oxen? Yes, certainly, he provides food convenient for them; and not for oxen only that were used in his sacrifices, and man's service, but even the young lions and the young ravens are the care of his providence, they ask and have their meat from God.


Discussion for Genesis 1:28

  • Cathy Akers on Genesis 1:28
    I believe there is a psalm, not sure, but it's something to the effect of this, "I heard your prayers all along, I never did not hear you, I answer prayers in my time, not yours"

    Does this sound right? Any psalms to that effect or where could find it? Tyvm
  • Andrew Opuni-Ampong on Genesis 1:28
    God gave man dominion over all His creation. This is not to say man should relegate God to the background, but rather to put God first in everything. Although we can have all things, we should not make things become objects of worship - i.e. take the place of God crowned in us. The substitution of God for things upset the whole course of nature for it is not what God originally intended.
  • Eni on Genesis 1:28
    If only God could open our spiritual understanding,then we will see that God loves us, and has giving us Hope, Joy, power and every good things of life not only to subdue, but also, to be fruitful, flourish, multiply and to have dominion over the earth. We have the joy of everlasting, knowing fully well of our father 's gracious gift to the world. if only we can remember this in our challenges and in every faceth of our lives,then it will see that we have nothing to worry about but to keep our head up and be glad always in the Lord...This portion restores my Soul... its an everlasting promise Halleluyah!
  • Gabriel on Genesis 1:28
    how does this Gen 1 28 relate to environment and society
  • Phumla on Genesis 1:28
    I like this verse as it strengthens my faith to God.The power that He gave us to control everything led by Holy Spirit simply show His everlasting love to us.Therefore we are blessed,and we must not doubt that.
  • P. Jeffrey on Genesis 1:28
    Jeff, the meaning of the word blessed as used in Genesis 1 28 is to endow, meaning that, God endowed them with the ability to be fruitful, to multiply and to replenish the earth, not that God knelt before us, rather He God armed us to carry out the assignment He created us for.
  • Mngisi Lukhele on Genesis 1:28
    I especially like the part that tells us to subdue the earth. The devil took away from man the power over the earth. Jesus, our Lord has come to restore us to the glory that existed before sin entered Adam and Eve.
  • Adriano Munyi Thomas on Genesis 1:28
    God gave Adam and Eve six gifts,blessings,multiply,fruitful ,replenish the earth,subdue it and finally have dominion of all God s creations that means God loves Human being more than all His creations including Angels.They were not spared when they sin.Jud.6.Replenish means fill God s lmage and His likeness, goodness, mercy,love, on Earth.Be creative, honest, transparent able to do all things through Christ.Phill. 4. 13.
  • Allen on Genesis 1:28
    The word "replenish" means to replace, usually with more, certainly with something, but definitely something there beforehand. This, along with fossil records and other data, through discernment from the spirit, means that there were beings on the earth prior to Adam and Eve. Void also implies this, as it does not mean "nothing" but rather "wasted". In short, this is the world after the fall of Lucifer from heaven, and God is creating man in order for him to "replenish" it.
  • Steve Wakefield - in Reply on Genesis 1:28
    It seems we're missing a RELLY IMPOTANT POINT- SinceGod gave man dominion over the Earth- - it therefore means it is our destiny that we are supposed to protect and flourish the Awesome gift gave Man! He trusts us to guard and protect the Earth snd Sky! I think collectively that we ahunsns are NOT TSKING OUR STEWRDSHIP SERIOUSLY enough to protect the gift of zdominion over the Earth that he bestowed upon Man! We need to appreciate and protect the gift of dominon over the earth and as the keepers of this loving gift - so far we Suck and need to immediately start caring for the Eartth he saw fit to leave in our Care as a loving gift! We had to find out hard way by being hit on the head with a 2x4 that has CV-19 written on it to show that FORCING PEOPLE TO STOP driving and a Polluting HAS shown to be QUIE EFFECTIVE at immediately improving air quality- - so, therefore it's up to US TO Learn and follow the path of light to better care for ourEaryh before it's too late to save what we're su


 

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