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15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, (A)you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and (B)be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 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 (C)altar to the Lord, and took of (D)every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered (E)burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the Lord smelled (F)a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again (G)curse the ground for man’s sake, although the (H)imagination[a] of man’s heart is evil from his youth; (I)nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

22 “While the earth (J)remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And (K)day and night
Shall not cease.”

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 8:21 intent or thought

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