English: There are different views on the application of Genesis 9:5-6 in the debate on the
value of life and the death penalty. In postmodern society it is considered inhumane
to execute persons who committed murder. In this article different views are discussed
and it is suggested that, according to Genesis 9:5, respect for life is absolute
and that, although the death penalty is not explicitly mentioned, it provides an
argument for upholding respect for life.