Be Fruitful and Multiply: the most tragic translation error?Covenants form the backbone of the Bible. This command is known as the Cultural Mandate. They were to fill the earth with godly offspring and glorify Him through their rule on the earth Psalm However, Adam failed to properly guard the garden Genesis The serpent intruded and then deceived Eve, and she in turn persuaded Adam to eat from the forbidden tree Genesis I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring ; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel Genesis
Be Fruitful and Multiply: What the Bible Says about Having Children
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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.
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 In this case everything hangs on the understanding of "multiply".