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Genesis 09 General Notes

Structure and formatting

Some translations prefer to set apart extended quotations, prayers or songs. The ULB and many other English translations indent the lines of 9:6-7, which is the poetic part of the quotation. They also set apart 9:25-27 which contain two quotations.

Some translations indent each line of poetry to make it easier to read. The ULB does this with the poetry in 9:6 and 9:25-27.

Special concepts in this chapter

Man’s relationship to animals

There is a noticeable shift in man’s relationship with the animals on the earth. Before the flood, there apparently was harmony between man and the animals. After the flood, the animals fear man and man is permitted to eat the animals, something he was not allowed to do previously. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-explicit)

Life in the blood

This chapter introduces the concept that there is life in the blood of an animal and in man. In Hebrew thought, blood represents the life present in a living thing. This is an image used throughout Scripture. (See: rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/life and rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/blood)

Covenant with Noah

God made a covenant with Noah. This covenant was an unconditional promise God made to never destroy the whole world with a flood. Rainbows are a perpetual sign of this covenant. (See: rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/covenant and rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/promise)

A father’s nakedness

In Noah’s culture, it was unacceptable to see a father’s nakedness. It was wrong for Ham to show his brothers their father’s nakedness. Ham’s actions were insulting or disrespectful. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-explicit)

Other possible translation difficulties in this chapter

“Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth”

This is a command that God gives. He expects Noah to obey him.

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