Genesis 1:22-23

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”  So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Genesis 1:22-23 NKJV

Hello friends, and welcome to today’s Scripture thought.

God told the sea creatures and winged creatures to be fruitful and multiply.

The phrase “be fruitful” is transliterated from the Hebrew word pārâ. It can mean:

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

The phrase “and multiply” is transliterated from the Hebrew word rāḇâ. It can mean:

  1. be or become great, be or become many, be or become much, be or become numerous
    1. (Qal)
      1. to become many, become numerous, multiply (of people, animals, things)
      2. to be or grow great
    2. (Piel) to make large, enlarge, increase, become many
    3. (Hiphil)
      1. to make much, make many, have many
        1. to multiply, increase
        2. to make much to do, do much in respect of, transgress greatly
        3. to increase greatly or exceedingly
      2. to make great, enlarge, do much
  2. (Qal) to shoot

from the Strong’s Concordance

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