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Genesis 9

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Covenant with Noah’s Descendants
1God blessed Noah and his sons, and He said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the land.
2The fear and terror of you will be on every wild animal, and on every flying creature of the sky, with everything that crawls on the ground and with all the fish of the sea—into your hand they are given.
3Every crawling thing that is alive will be food for you, as are the green plants—I have now given you everything.
4Only flesh with its life—that is, its blood—you must not eat!
5Surely your lifeblood will I avenge. From every animal and from every person will I avenge it. From every person’s brother will I avenge that person’s life.
6The one who sheds human blood, by a human will his blood be shed, for in God’s image He made humanity.
7But as for you, be fruitful and multiply! Flourish in the land and multiply in it.”
8Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,
9“Now I, behold, I am about to establish My covenant with you, and with your seed after you,
10and with every living creature that is with you, including the flying creatures, the livestock, and every wild animal with you, of all that is coming out of the ark—every animal of the earth.
11I will confirm My covenant with you—never again will all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again will there be a flood to ruin the land.”
12Then God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I am making between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you for all future generations.
13My rainbow do I place in the cloud, and it will be a sign of the covenant between Me and the land.
14Whenever I bring clouds over the land and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
15I will remember My covenant that is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16When the rainbow is in the cloud, I will look at it, to remember the perpetual covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the land.”
17Then God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have confirmed between Me and all flesh that is on the land.”
Dispersion of Noah’s Family
18Noah’s sons who came out from the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth, and Ham was the father of Canaan.
19These three were Noah’s sons, and from these the whole earth dispersed.
20Then Noah, a man of the soil, was first to plant a vineyard.
21He drank some of the wine, got drunk, and was uncovered in his tent.
22Then Ham, Canaan’s father, saw his father’s private parts and told his two brothers outside.
23So Shem and Japheth took the cloak and laid it over both their shoulders and walked backwards and with it covered their father’s private parts. But their faces were turned away, so they did not see their father’s private parts.
24When Noah woke up from his wine, he learned what his youngest son had done to him.
25So he said, “Cursed is Canaan: the lowest slave will he be to his brothers.”
26He also said, “Blessed be Adonai, God of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.
27May God enlarge Japheth, may he dwell in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.”
28Now Noah lived 350 years after the flood.
29So all Noah’s days were 950 years. Then he died.
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God Confirms His Covenant
1Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. 2All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. 3I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables. 4But you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it.
5“And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. 6If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings#9:6 Or man; Hebrew reads ha-adam. in his own image. 7Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth.”
8Then God told Noah and his sons, 9“I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants, 10and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth. 11Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.”
12Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. 16When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” 17Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”
Noah’s Sons
18The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) 19From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth.
20After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. 21One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent. 22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. 23Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked.
24When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. 25Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham:
“May Canaan be cursed!
May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.”
26Then Noah said,
“May the Lord, the God of Shem, be blessed,
and may Canaan be his servant!
27May God expand the territory of Japheth!
May Japheth share the prosperity of Shem,#9:27 Hebrew May he live in the tents of Shem.
and may Canaan be his servant.”
28Noah lived another 350 years after the great flood. 29He lived 950 years, and then he died.