Be Fruitful and Multiply: A Canonical Reading | Via EmmausAnd God blessed them. In Genesis 1 we learn God made mankind in his image and after his likeness. However, it is clear that the first command is to be fruitful and multiply, a pregnant command if there ever was one. In fact, from the placement of this command—the first chapter of the first book in the Bible—we see how programmatic this command is. It is fundamental to being human, and therefore it applies to every one of us. At the same time, from a canonical reading of Scripture we learn how this phrase repeats and develops, so that it bears significance for more than just having babies.
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Be Fruitful and Multiply: What the Bible Says about Having Children
For the individual and the family, there are a number of well-recognized reasons to seek to build up a family. Personal security in later years and the need for labour on the family land are not the least of them for subsistence farmers the world over. More questionable is the tendency of the major religions to encourage large families. The cynical would argue that this is an easy policy whereby the numbers of the faithful can be increased with little investment in missionary activity. But the faithful are reassured by holy scripture and notably, for the people of the Book, by the key phrase "be fruitful and multiply" Genesis
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And you, be you fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis ,19 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…. Genesis And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. New International Version As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it. Christian Standard Bible But you, be fruitful and multiply; spread out over the earth and multiply on it.