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Chapter 9

Covenant with Noah. [a]God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.(A)

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  1. 9:1 God reaffirms without change the original blessing and mandate of 1:28. In the Mesopotamian epic Atrahasis, on which the Genesis story is partly modeled, the gods changed their original plan by restricting human population through such means as childhood diseases, birth demons, and mandating celibacy among certain groups of women.