Bible: Genesis 4-9
The Story of Cain and Abel
4:1 Now 1 the man had marital relations with 2 his wife Eve, and she became pregnant 3 and gave birth to Cain. Then she said, “I have created 4 a man just as the
4:3 At the designated time 9 Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering 10 to the
4:6 Then the
4:9 Then the
ground it will no longer yield 30 its best 31 for you. You will be a homeless wanderer 32 on the earth.” 4:13 Then Cain said to the
The Beginning of Civilization
4:17 Cain had marital relations 42 with his wife, and she became pregnant 43 and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was building a city, and he named the city after 44 his son Enoch. 4:18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father 45 of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.
4:19 Lamech took two wives for himself; the name of the first was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. 4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the first 46 of those who live in tents and keep 47 livestock. 4:21 The name of his brother was Jubal; he was the first of all who play the harp and the flute. 4:22 Now Zillah also gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who heated metal and shaped 48 all kinds of tools made of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
4:23 Lamech said to his wives,
“Adah and Zillah! Listen to me!
You wives of Lamech, hear my words!
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man 49 for hurting me.
4:24 If Cain is to be avenged seven times as much,
then Lamech seventy-seven times!” 50
4:25 And Adam had marital relations 51 with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth, saying, “God has given 52 me another child 53 in place of Abel because Cain killed him.” 4:26 And a son was also born to Seth, whom he named Enosh. At that time people 54 began to worship 55 the
From Adam to Noah
5:3 When 61 Adam had lived 130 years he fathered a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and he named him Seth. 5:4 The length of time Adam lived 62 after he became the father of Seth was 800 years; during this time he had 63 other 64 sons and daughters. 5:5 The entire lifetime 65 of Adam was 930 years, and then he died. 66
5:6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father 67 of Enosh. 5:7 Seth lived 807 years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had 68 other 69 sons and daughters. 5:8 The entire lifetime of Seth was 912 years, and then he died.
5:9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 5:10 Enosh lived 815 years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:11 The entire lifetime of Enosh was 905 years, and then he died.
5:12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 5:13 Kenan lived 840 years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:14 The entire lifetime of Kenan was 910 years, and then he died.
5:15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 5:16 Mahalalel lived 830 years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:17 The entire lifetime of Mahalalel was 895 years, and then he died.
5:18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 5:19 Jared lived 800 years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters. 5:20 The entire lifetime of Jared was 962 years, and then he died.
5:21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 5:22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 70 for 300 years, 71 and he had other 72 sons and daughters. 5:23 The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. 5:24 Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared 73 because God took 74 him away.
5:25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 5:26 Methuselah lived 782 years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other 75 sons and daughters. 5:27 The entire lifetime of Methuselah was 969 years, and then he died.
5:28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 5:29 He named him Noah, 76 saying, “This one will bring us comfort 77 from our labor and from the painful toil of our hands because of the ground that the
5:32 After Noah was 500 years old, he 79 became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
God’s Grief over Humankind’s Wickedness
6:1 When humankind 80 began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born 81 to them, 82 6:2 the sons of God 83 saw that the daughters of humankind were beautiful. Thus they took wives for themselves from any they chose. 6:3 So the
6:4 The Nephilim 91 were on the earth in those days (and also after this) 92 when the sons of God were having sexual relations with 93 the daughters of humankind, who gave birth to their children. 94 They were the mighty heroes 95 of old, the famous men. 96
6:5 But the
The Judgment of the Flood
6:9 This is the account of Noah. 109
Noah was a godly man; he was blameless 110
6:11 The earth was ruined 115 in the sight of 116 God; the earth was filled with violence. 117 6:12 God saw the earth, and indeed 118 it was ruined, 119 for all living creatures 120 on the earth were sinful. 121 6:13 So God said 122 to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, 123 for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy 124 them and the earth. 6:14 Make 125 for yourself an ark of cypress 126 wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover 127 it with pitch inside and out. 6:15 This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 128 6:16 Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches 129 from the top. 130 Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. 6:17 I am about to bring 131 floodwaters 132 on the earth to destroy 133 from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. 134 Everything that is on the earth will die, 6:18 but I will confirm 135 my covenant with you. You will enter 136 the ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 6:19 You must bring into the ark two of every kind of living creature from all flesh, 137 male and female, to keep them alive 138 with you. 6:20 Of the birds after their kinds, and of the cattle after their kinds, and of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you so you can keep them alive. 139 6:21 And you must take 140 for yourself every kind of food 141 that is eaten, 142 and gather it together. 143 It will be food for you and for them.
7:5 And Noah did all 155 that the
7:6 Noah 156 was 600 years old when the floodwaters engulfed 157 the earth. 7:7 Noah entered the ark along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives because 158 of the floodwaters. 7:8 Pairs 159 of clean animals, of unclean animals, of birds, and of everything that creeps along the ground, 7:9 male and female, came into the ark to Noah, 160 just as God had commanded him. 161 7:10 And after seven days the floodwaters engulfed the earth. 162
7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month – on that day all the fountains of the great deep 163 burst open and the floodgates of the heavens 164 were opened. 7:12 And the rain fell 165 on the earth forty days and forty nights.
7:13 On that very day Noah entered the ark, accompanied by his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, along with his wife and his sons’ three wives. 166 7:14 They entered, 167 along with every living creature after its kind, every animal after its kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, everything with wings. 168 7:15 Pairs 169 of all creatures 170 that have the breath of life came into the ark to Noah. 7:16 Those that entered were male and female, 171 just as God commanded him. Then the
7:17 The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth. 7:18 The waters completely overwhelmed 172 the earth, and the ark floated 173 on the surface of the waters. 7:19 The waters completely inundated 174 the earth so that even 175 all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. 7:20 The waters rose more than twenty feet 176 above the mountains. 177 7:21 And all living things 178 that moved on the earth died, including the birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all humankind. 7:22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life 179 in its nostrils died. 7:23 So the
8:1 But God remembered 185 Noah and all the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to blow over 186 the earth and the waters receded. 8:2 The fountains of the deep and the floodgates of heaven were closed, 187 and the rain stopped falling from the sky. 8:3 The waters kept receding steadily 188 from the earth, so that they 189 had gone down 190 by the end of the 150 days. 8:4 On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on one of the mountains of Ararat. 191 8:5 The waters kept on receding 192 until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible. 193
8:8 Then Noah 197 sent out a dove 198 to see if the waters had receded 199 from the surface of the ground. 8:9 The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered 200 the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah 201 in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, 202 and brought it back into the ark. 203 8:10 He waited seven more days and then sent out the dove again from the ark. 8:11 When 204 the dove returned to him in the evening, there was 205 a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak! Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 8:12 He waited another seven days and sent the dove out again, 206 but it did not return to him this time. 207
8:13 In Noah’s six hundred and first year, 208 in the first day of the first month, the waters had dried up from the earth, and Noah removed the covering from the ark and saw that 209 the surface of the ground was dry. 8:14 And by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth 210 was dry.
8:15 Then God spoke to Noah and said, 8:16 “Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. 8:17 Bring out with you all the living creatures that are with you. Bring out 211 every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase 212 and be fruitful and multiply on the earth!” 213
8:18 Noah went out along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. 8:19 Every living creature, every creeping thing, every bird, and everything that moves on the earth went out of the ark in their groups.
8:20 Noah built an altar to the
8:22 “While the earth continues to exist, 222
planting time 223 and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
and day and night will not cease.”
God’s Covenant with Humankind through Noah
9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 9:2 Every living creature of the earth and every bird of the sky will be terrified of you. 224 Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority. 225 9:3 You may eat any moving thing that lives. 226 As I gave you 227 the green plants, I now give 228 you everything.
9:4 But 229 you must not eat meat 230 with its life (that is, 231 its blood) in it. 232 9:5 For your lifeblood 233 I will surely exact punishment, 234 from 235 every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person 236 I will exact punishment for the life of the individual 237 since the man was his relative. 238
9:6 “Whoever sheds human blood, 239
by other humans 240
must his blood be shed;
for in God’s image 241
God 242 has made humankind.”
9:7 But as for you, 243 be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.”
9:8 God said to Noah and his sons, 244 9:9 “Look! I now confirm 245 my covenant with you and your descendants after you 246 9:10 and with every living creature that is with you, including the birds, the domestic animals, and every living creature of the earth with you, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature of the earth. 247 9:11 I confirm 248 my covenant with you: Never again will all living things 249 be wiped out 250 by the waters of a flood; 251 never again will a flood destroy the earth.”
9:12 And God said, “This is the guarantee 252 of the covenant I am making 253 with you 254 and every living creature with you, a covenant 255 for all subsequent 256 generations: 9:13 I will place 257 my rainbow 258 in the clouds, and it will become 259 a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. 9:14 Whenever 260 I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 9:15 then I will remember my covenant with you 261 and with all living creatures of all kinds. 262 Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy 263 all living things. 264 9:16 When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember 265 the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.”
9:17 So God said to Noah, “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between me and all living things 266 that are on the earth.”
The Curse of Canaan
9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, 269 began to plant a vineyard. 270 9:21 When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself 271 inside his tent. 9:22 Ham, the father of Canaan, 272 saw his father’s nakedness 273 and told his two brothers who were outside. 9:23 Shem and Japheth took the garment 274 and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned 275 the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness.
The lowest of slaves 281
he will be to his brothers.”
9:26 He also said,
“Worthy of praise is 282 the
May Canaan be the slave of Shem! 283
9:27 May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers! 284
May he live 285 in the tents of Shem
and may Canaan be his slave!”
9:28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 9:29 The entire lifetime of Noah was 950 years, and then he died.