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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 9:8-11

Here is, I. The general establishment of God's covenant with this new world, and the extent of that covenant, Gen. 9:9, 10. Here observe, 1. That God is graciously pleased to deal with man in the way of a covenant, wherein God greatly magnifies his condescending favour, and greatly encourages man's duty and obedience, as a reasonable and gainful service. 2. That all God's covenants with man are of his own making: I, behold, I. It is thus expressed both to raise our admiration??Behold, and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 9:8

And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him ,.... Not only what is contained in the preceding verses, but in the subsequent ones: saying ; as follows. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 9:8

Verse 8 8.And God spake unto Noah. That the memory of the deluge might not inspire them with new terrors, as often as the sky were covered with clouds, lest the earth should again be drowned; this source of anxiety is taken away. And certainly, if we consider the great propensity of the human mind to distrust, we shall not deem this testimony to have been unnecessary even for Noah. He was indeed endued with a rare and incomparable faith, even to a miracle; but no strength of constancy could be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 9:8

And God spake —in continuation of the preceding discourse— unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 9:8-17

The new Noachic covenant established. I. It is a COVENANT OF LIFE . It embraces all the posterity of Noah, i.e. it is— 1. The new foundation on which humanity rests. 2. It passes through man to all flesh, to all living creatures. 3. The sign of it, the rainbow in the cloud, is also the emblem of the salvation which may be said to be typified in the deliverance of Noah and his family. 4. The background is the same element wherewith the world was destroyed,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 9:8-17

- XXIX. The Covenant with Noah13. קשׁת qeshet, “bow; related: be bent.”14. ענן ‛ānan, “cover, cast over; noun: cloud.”The covenant made with Noah Genesis 6:18 is now formally confirmed. The purpose conceived in the heart Genesis 8:21 now receives significant expression. Not only a new blessing is bestowed, but also a new covenant is formed with Noah. For he that has offered an acceptable sacrifice is not only at peace with God, but renewed in mind after the image of God. He is therefore a fit... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 9:8-17

God’s covenant with Noah (9:8-17)A covenant was an agreement between two parties that carried with it obligations and possibly benefits or punishments, depending on whether a person kept or broke the covenant. Covenants to which God was a party, however, differed from covenants between people in that they were not agreements between equals. God was always the giver and the other person the receiver. The covenant promises originated in the grace of God and were guaranteed solely by him.Earlier... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 9:8-13

THE RAINBOW COVENANT"And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I, establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that go out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 9:1-17

2. The Noahic Covenant 9:1-17Following the Flood, God established human life anew on the earth showing His high regard for it. He promised to bless humanity with faithfulness, and He prohibited murder. He also promised with a sign that He would not destroy His creation again with a flood."The Noahic covenant’s common allusions to Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:3 show that Noah is the second Adam who heads the new family of humanity, indicating that the blessing continues through the progeny of the... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 9:8-17

The Noahic Covenant was a suzerainty treaty that God made with humankind through Noah. [Note: See note on 6:18.] In it He promised never to destroy all flesh with a flood of water again (Genesis 9:11). The sign God appointed to remind people of this promise and to guarantee its veracity was the rainbow (Genesis 9:12-15; cf. Genesis 6:12). There may have been rainbows before this pronouncement, but now God attached significance to the rainbow."Shining upon a dark ground, . . . it represents the... read more

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