8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,
9 “As for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your seed after you;
10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.
11 Indeed I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, and there shall never again be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 Then God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am giving to be between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;
13 I put My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
14 And it will be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will 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 never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 So the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
“A covenant is a promise of God to people with whom He is dealing in a special way.” (Dr. J.M. Boice)
“As a ‘sign’ the bow functioned as a visible token of God’s invisible word of grace. Stretched between heaven and earth, it is a bond of peace between both, and, spanning the horizon, it points to the all-embracing universality of the Divine mercy.” (Dr. Kenneth Mathews)