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 Lord did! 5  4:2 Then she gave birth 6  to his brother Abel. 7  Abel took care of the flocks, while Cain cultivated the ground. 8 

4:3 At the designated time 9  Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering 10  to the Lord. 4:4 But Abel brought 11  some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest 12  of them. And the Lord was pleased with 13  Abel and his offering, 4:5 but with Cain and his offering he was not pleased. 14  So Cain became very angry, 15  and his expression was downcast. 16 

4:6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why is your expression downcast? 4:7 Is it not true 17  that if you do what is right, you will be fine? 18  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching 19  at the door. It desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.” 20 

4:8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” 21  While they were in the field, Cain attacked 22  his brother 23  Abel and killed him.

4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” 24  And he replied, “I don’t know! Am I my brother’s guardian? 25  4:10 But the Lord said, “What have you done? 26  The voice 27  of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! 4:11 So now, you are banished 28  from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 4:12 When you try to cultivate 29  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 Lord, “My punishment 33  is too great to endure! 34  4:14 Look! You are driving me off the land 35  today, and I must hide from your presence. 36  I will be a homeless wanderer on the earth; whoever finds me will kill me.” 4:15 But the Lord said to him, “All right then, 37  if anyone kills Cain, Cain will be avenged seven times as much.” 38  Then the Lord put a special mark 39  on Cain so that no one who found him would strike him down. 40  4:16 So Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and lived in the land of Nod, 41  east of Eden.

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 Lord.

From Adam to Noah

5:1 This is the record 56  of the family line 57  of Adam.

When God created humankind, 58  he made them 59  in the likeness of God. 5:2 He created them male and female; when they were created, he blessed them and named them “humankind.” 60 

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 Lord has cursed.” 5:30 Lamech lived 595 years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other 78  sons and daughters. 5:31 The entire lifetime of Lamech was 777 years, and then he died.

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 Lord said, “My spirit will not remain in 84  humankind indefinitely, 85  since 86  they 87  are mortal. 88  They 89  will remain for 120 more years.” 90 

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 Lord saw 97  that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination 98  of the thoughts 99  of their minds 100  was only evil 101  all the time. 102  6:6 The Lord regretted 103  that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended. 104  6:7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – everything from humankind to animals, 105  including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.”

6:8 But 106  Noah found favor 107  in the sight of 108  the Lord.

The Judgment of the Flood

6:9 This is the account of Noah. 109 

Noah was a godly man; he was blameless 110 

among his contemporaries. 111  He 112  walked with 113  God. 6:10 Noah had 114  three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

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 sonswives 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.

6:22 And Noah did all 144  that God commanded him – he did indeed. 145 

7:1 The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation. 146  7:2 You must take with you seven 147  of every kind of clean animal, 148  the male and its mate, 149  two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, 7:3 and also seven 150  of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, 151  to preserve their offspring 152  on the face of the earth. 7:4 For in seven days 153  I will cause it to rain 154  on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the ground every living thing that I have made.”

7:5 And Noah did all 155  that the Lord commanded him.

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 sonswives 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 sonsthree 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 Lord shut him in.

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 Lord 180  destroyed 181  every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, including people, animals, creatures that creep along the ground, and birds of the sky. 182  They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived. 183  7:24 The waters prevailed over 184  the earth for 150 days.

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 

8:6 At the end of forty days, 194  Noah opened the window he had made in the ark 195  8:7 and sent out a raven; it kept flying 196  back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth.

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 sonswives 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 sonswives. 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 Lord. He then took some of every kind of clean animal and clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 214  8:21 And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 215  and said 216  to himself, 217 I will never again curse 218  the ground because of humankind, even though 219  the inclination of their minds 220  is evil from childhood on. 221  I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.

8:22While 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 

9:6Whoever 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

9:18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Now Ham was the father of Canaan.) 267  9:19 These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated. 268 

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.

9:24 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor 276  he learned 277  what his youngest son had done 278  to him. 9:25 So he said,

Cursed 279  be Canaan! 280 

The lowest of slaves 281 

he will be to his brothers.”

9:26 He also said,

Worthy of praise is 282  the Lord, the God of Shem!

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.

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