Gen 9:6

9:6 by man. See v. 5; 4:16 and notes. God’s endowment of humans with this judicial authority shows they stand in God’s stead as rulers (1:26), and lays the foundation for government by the state (Rom. 13:1–7).

image. Though distorted by sin, the image of God continues in man (1:26 and note; 8:21). This explains why homicidal blood, in contrast to animal blood, must be compensated for. See “The Image of God” at 1:27.