Be Fruitful and Multiply the Meaning and Study of Bible Verses


Why did God tell Adam and Eve and Noah and his family to be fruitful and multiply?

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Right after God created man, he placed him in the garden and gave him dominion over the earth by saying “that they rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that crawls on the earth»(Gn 1,26). Shortly after, “God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the heavens, and every animal that moves on the earth.”»(Gn 1,28). This meant that the man had dominion over “every plant bearing seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree having seed in its fruit. You will have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that crawls on the earth, to everything that has the breath of life, I have given for food every green plant”(Gen 1, 29-30). God told man to be fruitful and to multiply and to fill the earth, so what is the meaning of the phrase “to be fruitful and to multiply?”

Noah’s command

Right after the flood of judgment poured out by God on a decadent and immoral world and the waters of the flood receded, God said to Noah “Come out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh – birds and animals and every reptile that crawls on the earth – so that they swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.“(Gen 8: 16-17)”So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, has come out in families from the ark.”(Gen 8: 18-19). This command was not only given to Noah and his family, but also to every living creature that came out of the ark, so the command to “be fruitful and multiply on the earth” was not only addressed to Noah and his family, but to the creatures of the world as well. Just like in Genesis, when the earth was uninhabited, God told Noah to fill or repopulate the land that the Flood had wiped out. with life.

Called to celibacy?

Not everyone is called to be fruitful and to multiply. Paul wrote that “he who marries his bride does well, and he who refrains from marrying will do even better“(1 Cor 7,38) and even Jesus once said”there are eunuchs who have been eunuchs from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. Whoever is able to receive it, receive it”(Mt 19:12). Jesus also said of those who left their mother, brother, sister, wife or husband because of him, there is none “who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life»(Mark 10:30 am).

Children of god

God has children. These are the ones who repented and put their trust in Christ and because of Him they put all others and all good behind Him. He is at the forefront of their lives. The apostle John wrote that we are now the children of God, writing that “we are children of God now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we will be like him, for we will see him as he is(1 John 3: 2). After the Sadducees asked Jesus about the resurrection, he said to them “they can no longer die, for they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons (and daughters) of the resurrection(Luke 20:36). Unfortunately, the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, although the Bible is clear that there will be one (Dan 12: 1-3; Rev 20: 12-15). Had they not read the scriptures? Jesus said over and over again things like “peacemakers … will be called sons (and daughters) of God”(Mt 5: 9).


I would ask you to “See what kind of love the Father has given us, so that we may be called children of God; and we are. The reason the world don’t know us is because they haven’t known him”(1st John 3: 1). You have one of the two fathers; the Devil or the Father. You must decide today, if you have not already done so, to repent and trust in Christ, or you will have the same fate as Satan and all his demons (Rev 20:10).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want To Know, whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.


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