Genesis 9:3

“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euery mouing thing that liueth, shalbe meat for you; euen as the greene herbe haue I giuen you all things.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as {I gave} the green plant.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you; As the green herb have I given you all.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Every living and moving thing will be food for you; I give them all to you as before I gave you all green things.
- Basic English Bible

Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you: as the green herb I give you everything.
- Darby Bible

Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things:
- Webster's Bible

Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. As the green herb, I have given everything to you.
- World English Bible

Every creeping thing that is alive, to you it is for food; as the green herb I have given to you the whole;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Every moving thing that liveth shall be for food for you; as the green herb have I given you all.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 9:3

9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you - Hitherto man had been confined to feed only upon the products of the earth, fruits, herbs and roots, and all sorts of corn and milk; so was the first grant, #Gen 1:29|. But the flood having perhaps washed away much of the virtue of the earth, and so rendered its fruits less pleasing, and less nourishing, God now enlarged the grant, and allowed man to eat flesh, which perhaps man himself never thought of 'till now. The precepts and provisos of this charter are no less kind and gracious, and instances of God's good - will to man. The Jewish doctors speak so often of the seven precepts of Noah, or of the sons of Noah, which they say were to be observed by all nations, that it may not be amiss to set them down. The first against the worship of idols. The second against blasphemy, and requiring to bless the name of God. The third against murder. The fourth against incest and all uncleanness. The fifth against theft and rapine. The sixth requiring the administration of justice. The seventh against eating flesh with the life. These the Jews required the observation of, from the proselytes of the gate. But the precepts here given, all concern the life of man. Man must not prejudice his own life by eating that food which is unwholsome, and prejudicial to his health.

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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