Posted in Creation, Torah

Gen 1:20-23

Gen 1:20 ESV – And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”
Gen 1:21 ESV – So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:22 ESV – And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
Gen 1:23 ESV – And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

This is clear on its own. Some things I think re interesting are:

  1. Yah starts FROM waters in the planet itself, and now starts in waters (albeit a different kind) for living creatures.
  2. Fish and Birds have a similar behavior. There are some that are migratory, some that are localized. There is a similarity in watching them swarm, almost as if they have a common mind.
  3. The blessing to be fruitful and multiply is also in essence a commandment, and is always associated with humankind, but in reality is spoken to these 2 types of animals. This word is the first use of this word in Hebrew. It is both a verb, but also in some way the result of being blessed by God. It is both the blessing itself, and the power and ability of the blessing to accomplish its purpose. It starts here and finds itself all the way into the Abrahamic Covenant.






pä·rä’ (Key)

Part of Speech


Root Word (Etymology)

A primitive root

Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: 1809

Outline of Biblical Usage

  1. to bear fruit, be fruitful, branch off
  2. (Qal) to bear fruit, be fruitful
  3. (Hiphil)
  4. to cause to bear fruit
  5. to make fruitful
  6. to show fruitfulness, bear fruit



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