Genesis 8:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 8:22, NIV: "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.'"

Genesis 8:22, ESV: "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”"

Genesis 8:22, KJV: "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

Genesis 8:22, NASB: "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.'"

Genesis 8:22, NLT: "As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.'"

Genesis 8:22, CSB: "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.""

What does Genesis 8:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After the previous verse revealed God's commitment to never again curse the earth as He had through the flood or to wipe out humanity and animal-kind in that way, this verse completes God's promise. From this point, throughout the planet's history, the patterns of nature will remain as God has created them. The cycles will continue. Day will follow night. One season will follow another. The world will continue to function predictably according to God's design. This is the grace of God upon all His creation.

It is important to notice that this promise begins with "while the earth remains." God doesn't guarantee that the planet in its current form will exist eternally. In fact, at some point in the future, God will re-make the heavens and the earth (Revelation 21:1). But while it does, those who live on earth will enjoy the goodness of the repetition of the days and seasons by God's great mercy on sinful humanity.