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Genesis 9

9
Covenant of the Rainbow
1And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. 3Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. 4Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man.
6Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed,
For in the image of God
He made man.
7As for you, be fruitful and multiply;
Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”
8Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, 9“Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; 10and 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. 11I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; 13I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15and 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. 16When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17And 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.”
18Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan. 19These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.
20Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. 21He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. 25So he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
# I.e. The lowest of servants A servant of servants
He shall be to his brothers.”
26He also said,
“Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Shem;
And let Canaan be his servant.
27May God enlarge Japheth,
And let him dwell in the tents of Shem;
And let Canaan be his servant.”
28Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood. 29So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.
9
1God blessed Noah and his sons, and told them, “Reproduce, increase, and spread throughout the earth! 2All animals will be very afraid of you—this includes all the birds, all the creatures that run along the ground, and all the fish in the sea. You are in charge of them. 3Every living creature that moves will be food for you, as well as all the green plants.#9:3. According to 1:30, the green plants were originally meant for the animals. Now both the plants and the animals themselves are permitted as human food. After the flood there would have been little food immediately available to eat. 4But do not eat meat with the lifeblood still in it. 5If your blood is shed by any animal, I will call it to account; and if your blood is shed by any person, I will call that person to account. 6Whoever sheds the blood of a human being will have their blood shed by human beings. For God made human beings in his image. 7Reproduce, increase, and spread throughout the earth—have many descendants!”
8Then God told Noah and his sons who were there with him, 9“Listen, I'm making my agreement with you and your descendants, 10and with all the animals around you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals of the earth—every animal that accompanied you on the ark. 11In my agreement I'm promising you that I won't ever again destroy all life by means of a flood—there won't be a destructive flood like this again.”
12Then God said, “I'm going to give you a sign to confirm the agreement I'm making between me and you and all living creatures, an agreement that will last for all generations. 13I've placed my rainbow in the clouds, and this will be the sign of my agreement with you and with all life on earth. 14Whenever I make clouds form over the earth and the rainbow appears, 15it will remind me of my agreement between me and you and every kind of living creature that floodwaters won't ever again destroy all life. 16I will see the rainbow in the clouds and it will remind me of the eternal agreement between God and every kind of living creature that lives on the earth.”
17Then God told Noah, “This is the sign of the agreement I'm making between me and every creature on earth.”
18Noah's sons who left the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of the Canaanites.) 19All the people who are spread over the world are descended from these three sons of Noah.
20Noah started to cultivate the ground as a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21He drank some of the wine he'd produced, got drunk, and fell asleep in his tent, naked. 22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father's private parts and went and told his two brothers who were outside. 23Shem and Japheth picked up a cloak and, holding it over their shoulders, walked in backwards and covered up their father's privates. They made sure to look the other way so they wouldn't see their father's privates.
24When Noah woke up from his drunken sleep, he discovered what his youngest son had done, 25and said, “May Canaan#9:25. Why Canaan is the one cursed and not Ham has long been a matter of debate. One suggestion is that it was the later Canaanites who were the particular enemies of Israel and who were subjugated by them, and so Canaan was prophetically more symbolically significant. be cursed! He will be the lowest kind of slave and will serve his brothers!”
26Then Noah continued, “May the Lord be blessed, the God of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave. 27May God give Japtheth plenty of space to accommodate his many descendants, and may they live at peace among Shem's people, and may Canaan also be his slave.”
28Noah lived for another 350 years after the flood. 29Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.