Genesis 8:18–9:1

18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

God’s Covenant with Creation

20 Then Noah built an jaltar to the Lord, and took of kevery clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered lburnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the Lord smelled ma soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again ncurse the ground for man’s sake, although the oimagination 1of man’s heart is evil from his youth; pnor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

22 “While the earth qremains,

Seedtime and harvest,

Cold and heat,

Winter and summer,

And rday and night

Shall not cease.”

9 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: a“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

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