9:1 And God a blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them,
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
(a) God increased them with fruit, and declared to them his
counsel as concerning the replenishing of the earth.
9:2 And the b fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon
every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air,
upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the
fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
(b) By the virtue of this commandment, beasts do not rage as
much against man as they would, yea and many serve his
purposes by it.
9:3 Every c moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you;
even as the green herb have I given you all things.
(c) By this permission man may with a good conscience use
the creatures of God for his needs.
9:4d But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood
thereof, shall ye not eat.
(d) That is, living creatures, and the flesh of beasts that
are strangled: and by this all cruelty is forbidden.
9:5e And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at
the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand
of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require
the life of man.
(e) That is, I will take vengeance for your blood.
9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, f by man shall his blood be
shed: for in the g image of God made he man.
(f) Not only by the magistrate, but often God raises up one
murderer to kill another.
(g) Therefore to kill man is to deface God's image, and so
injury is not only done to man, but also to God.
9:9 And I, behold, I establish my h covenant with you, and
with your i seed after you;
(h) To assure you that the world will never again be
destroyed by a flood.
(i) The children which are not yet born, are comprehended in
God's covenant with their fathers.
9:13 I do set my k bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a
token of a covenant between me and the earth.
(k) By this we see that signs or ordinances should not be
separate from the word.
9:15 And I will remember my l covenant, which [is] between me
and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the
waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
(l) When men see my bow in the sky, they will know that I
have not forgotten my covenant with them.
9:17 And God said unto Noah, m This [is] the token of the
covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh
that [is] upon the earth.
(m) God repeats this often to confirm Noah's faith even
9:19 These [are] the three sons of Noah: and of them was the
whole earth n overspread.
(n) This declares what the virtue of God's blessing was,
when he said, increase and bring forth in
9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was o drunken; and he was
uncovered within his tent.
(o) This is set before us to show what a horrible thing
9:22 And Ham, the father of p Canaan, saw the nakedness of his
father, and q told his two brethren without.
(p) Of whom came the Canaanites that wicked nation, who
were also cursed by God.
(q) In derision and contempt of his father.
9:25 And he said, r Cursed [be] Canaan; a s servant of
servants shall he be unto his brethren.
(r) He pronounces as a prophet the curse of God against all
those who do not honour their parents: for Ham and his
posterity were cursed.
(s) That is, a most vile slave.
9:27 God shall t enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the
tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
(t) He declares that the Gentiles, who came from Japheth,
and were separated from the Church, should be joined to
the same by the persuasion of God's Spirit, and
preaching of the gospel.