God's Covenant with Noah

91 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 9:1

Commentary on Genesis 9:1-3

(Read Genesis 9:1-3)

The blessing of God is the cause of our doing well. On him we depend, to him we should be thankful. Let us not forget the advantage and pleasure we have from the labour of beasts, and which their flesh affords. Nor ought we to be less thankful for the security we enjoy from the savage and hurtful beasts, through the fear of man which God has fixed deep in them. We see the fulfilment of this promise every day, and on every side. This grant of the animals for food fully warrants the use of them, but not the abuse of them by gluttony, still less by cruelty. We ought not to pain them needlessly whilst they live, nor when we take away their lives.