Genesis 9:1

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And God blessed Noah, and his sonnes, and said vnto them, Bee fruitfull and multiply, and replenish the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And God gave his blessing to Noah and his sons, and said, Be fertile, and have increase, and make the earth full.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

And God blesseth Noah, and his sons, and saith to them, `Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 9:1


9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons - He assured them of his good - will to them, and his gracious intentions concerning them. The first blessing is here renewed, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and repeated, #Ge 9:7|; for the race of mankind was as it were to begin again. By virtue of this blessing mankind was to be both multiplied and perpetuated upon earth; so that in a little time all the habitable parts of the earth should be more or less inhabited; and tho' one generation should pass away, yet another generation should come, so that the stream of the human race should be supplied with a constant succession, and run parallel with the current of time, 'till both be swallowed up in the ocean of eternity.


Discussion for Genesis 9

  • Unprofitable servant
    I see a lot of confusion on here about what happened with Ham. He is cursed for fornication, it is a sin to see your parents naked according to Leviticus 18:7. He is not cursed for incest, that is heresy. What would covering the mother do to fix the problem? Also, if that were the case, she would be in the midst of sin as well.
  • BSP
    Verse 1: God again stated his purpose that the earth be filled with humans. God values human life.
  • Cheryl Dawn
    Ham should have not told his brothers about his fathers nakedness, but just covered him and kept it to himself. He dishonored his father in his words and actions to God I guess and so was dishonored. It is always good not to gossip. Honoring our parents is important. Not just fathers, but mothers also.
  • Irene123
    V. 19 -" ..... and of them ('them' referring to Noah's sons, not Noah) was the whole earth overspread". God doesn't mention Noah having any more children. Nor are we to 'speculate' on whether he did or not.
  • Irene123
    I do not understand v. 22 - nor do I have any tho'ts on it. But - I do know you cannot later read Lev. 20:11 and 'see' that this incest is the answer. One scripture has nothing to do with the other; there is no corroborating scripture to connect the two.
  • Sakana
    Leviticus 20:11 will make it very clear what Ham did and why Noah cursed the offspring. Shem and Japheth covered up their mother. "And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness" (The very idea that a son simply seeing his father naked would be that big a deal as to curse a grandson is ridiculous.)

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