“I have set my rainbow in the clouds”



The ‘rainbow bible verse’ tells of God’s sign to preserve life on earth after the great flood. Widespread destruction and loss of life occurred due to the flood. Noah and his family survived the flood in an ark during the flooding period. After the rain subsided God tells Noah “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” according to the New International Version (NIV). This covenant is an alliance of friendship and a pledge of goodwill from God for renewed and enduring life on earth.

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“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.”

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Genesis 9:13 Translation & Meaning

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I do set נָתַ֖תִּי To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) do set
my bow קַשְׁתִּ֕י A bow, for shooting (hence, figuratively, strength) or the iris bow
in the cloud, בֶּֽעָנָ֑ן A cloud (as covering the sky), i.e., the nimbus or thunder-cloud cloud
and it shall be וְהָֽיְתָה֙ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and it shall be
for a token לְא֣וֹת A signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc token
of a covenant בְּרִ֔ית A compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) covenant
between בֵּינִ֖י Between (repeated before each noun, often with other particles); also as a conjunction, either...or between
me and the earth. הָאָֽרֶץ׃ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth

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  • 11  And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

  • 12  And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

  • 13  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

  • 14  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

  • 15  And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.


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