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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Genesis Chapter 9

Genesis 9:1

gen 9:1

and said unto them

The Noahic Covenant. The elements are:

(1) The relation of man to the earth under the Adamic Covenant is confirmed

(See Scofield) - (Gen 8:21)

(2) The order of nature is confirmed (Gen 8:22)

(3) Human government is established (Gen 9:1-6)

(4) Earth is secured against another universal judgment by water (Gen 8:21); (Gen 9:11).

(5) A prophetic declaration is made that from Ham will descend an inferior and servile posterity (Gen 9:24); (Gen 9:25).

(6) A prophetic declaration is made that Shem will have a peculiar relation to Jehovah (Gen 9:26); (Gen 9:27). All divine revelation is through Semitic men, and Christ, after the flesh, descends from Shem.

(7) A prophetic declaration is made that from Japheth will descend the "enlarged" races (Gen 9:27). Government, science, and art, speaking broadly, are and have been Japhetic, so that history is the indisputable record of the exact fulfilment of these declarations.

(See Scofield) - (Gen 8:21).

for the other seven covenants:

EDENIC (Gen 1:28)

ADAMIC (Gen 3:15)

ABRAHAMIC (Gen 15:18)

MOSAIC (Exo 19:25)


DAVIDIC (Sa2 7:16)

NEW (Heb 8:8).

Genesis 9:8

gen 9:8


(See Scofield) - (Gen 8:21).

(See Scofield) - (Gen 9:1)

Genesis 9:13

gen 9:13


The bow is not said to have come into existence at this time, but only to have been here invested with the character of a sign.

Compare (Exo 31:13).

Typically, the bow, seen upon the storm clouds of judgment (Gen 7:11) has been thought to speak of the cross where judgment, never to be repeated has been visted upon the believer's sins. (Gal 3:10-14); (Heb 10:14-18).

Genesis 9:25

gen 9:25


See note subdiv. 5-7,

(See Scofield) - (Gen 9:1).

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