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God’s Promise to Noah

So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: (A)“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. (B)And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. (C)Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you (D)all things, even as the (E)green herbs. (F)But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; (G)from the hand of every beast I will require it, and (H)from the hand of man. From the hand of every (I)man’s brother I will require the life of man.

“Whoever (J)sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed;
(K)For in the image of God
He made man.
And as for you, (L)be fruitful and multiply;
Bring forth abundantly in the earth
And multiply in it.”

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