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

  • 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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