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Genesis 9 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ch. Gen 9:1-17 (P). The Conclusion of the Flood Story according to P

The passage falls into two sections: ( a) 1 7, ( b) 8 17.

( a) 1 7. The blessing pronounced upon Noah and his family: man’s prerogatives are enlarged; but two prohibitions are imposed: (i) of eating blood, (ii) of manslaughter.

( b) 8 17. God establishes a covenant with Noah and his descendants, according to which He will never again destroy the inhabitants of the world, and in token of which He appoints the rainbow to be the perpetual symbol of Divine mercy.

Section ( b) stands in immediate relation to the Flood story, and corresponds to J’s account of the Divine promise never again to curse the ground (Gen 8:21).

Consult other comments:

Genesis 9:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Genesis 9:0 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Genesis 9:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Genesis 9:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Genesis 9:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Genesis 9:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges