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Genesis 8.15 - 9.7

posted 23 Jan 2014, 02:21 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com
God came to Noah with a message.

Eternal One (to Noah): 16 It’s time. Leave the ark now, you and your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives. 17 Release every animal with you on the ark—everything of flesh: birds, animals, and every creeping thing—so that they may be fruitful, multiply in great numbers, and fill the land and the sky again.

18 So Noah left the ark with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. 19 And every animal, every small creeping thing, and every bird—everything that moves on the earth—left the ark with him as new families—a new generation.

20 Once he was back on dry land, Noah built an altar—a special offering table—for the Eternal One. He took some of every ritually acceptable animal and of every acceptable bird, and he gave them to God on the altar as a burnt offering. 21 When the Eternal smelled the delicious aroma of the sacrifice, He was moved.

Eternal One (to Himself): Never again will I curse the ground because of humankind, even though every thought of the mind and inclination of the heart is set on evil from the time they are young. Never again will I destroy every living creature as I have done. 22 As long as the earth endures, nothing will put a stop to planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.

God spoke a blessing over Noah and his sons.

Eternal One: Be fruitful, multiply, and populate the earth! All the animals on the earth, all the birds in the sky, all the creatures that creep along the ground, and all the fish of the sea will now be afraid and run from you; they have been handed over to you. Every living thing that moves will be available to you as food. Just as I once gave you the green plants to eat, I now give you everything. But listen carefully: Do not eat any meat with its life-blood still in it. More than that, do not spill the blood of any human. If anyone spills your blood, I will hold him responsible. It makes no difference whether it is a man or an animal, both will be accountable to Me! If someone murders a fellow human being, then I will require his life in return.

    Whoever sheds the blood of a human,
        that person’s blood will be shed in return by another
        for God made humanity in His own image.
    Now all of you, be fruitful and multiply; spread out and populate the earth.