Bible: Genesis 6-9

God’s Grief over Humankind’s Wickedness

6:1 When humankind 1  began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born 2  to them, 3  6:2 the sons of God 4  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 5  humankind indefinitely, 6  since 7  they 8  are mortal. 9  They 10  will remain for 120 more years.” 11 

6:4 The Nephilim 12  were on the earth in those days (and also after this) 13  when the sons of God were having sexual relations with 14  the daughters of humankind, who gave birth to their children. 15  They were the mighty heroes 16  of old, the famous men. 17 

6:5 But the Lord saw 18  that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination 19  of the thoughts 20  of their minds 21  was only evil 22  all the time. 23  6:6 The Lord regretted 24  that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended. 25  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, 26  including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.”

6:8 But 27  Noah found favor 28  in the sight of 29  the Lord.

The Judgment of the Flood

6:9 This is the account of Noah. 30 

Noah was a godly man; he was blameless 31 

among his contemporaries. 32  He 33  walked with 34  God. 6:10 Noah had 35  three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

6:11 The earth was ruined 36  in the sight of 37  God; the earth was filled with violence. 38  6:12 God saw the earth, and indeed 39  it was ruined, 40  for all living creatures 41  on the earth were sinful. 42  6:13 So God said 43  to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, 44  for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy 45  them and the earth. 6:14 Make 46  for yourself an ark of cypress 47  wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover 48  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. 49  6:16 Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches 50  from the top. 51  Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. 6:17 I am about to bring 52  floodwaters 53  on the earth to destroy 54  from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. 55  Everything that is on the earth will die, 6:18 but I will confirm 56  my covenant with you. You will enter 57  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, 58  male and female, to keep them alive 59  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. 60  6:21 And you must take 61  for yourself every kind of food 62  that is eaten, 63  and gather it together. 64  It will be food for you and for them.

6:22 And Noah did all 65  that God commanded him – he did indeed. 66 

7:1 The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation. 67  7:2 You must take with you seven 68  of every kind of clean animal, 69  the male and its mate, 70  two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, 7:3 and also seven 71  of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, 72  to preserve their offspring 73  on the face of the earth. 7:4 For in seven days 74  I will cause it to rain 75  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 76  that the Lord commanded him.

7:6 Noah 77  was 600 years old when the floodwaters engulfed 78  the earth. 7:7 Noah entered the ark along with his sons, his wife, and his sonswives because 79  of the floodwaters. 7:8 Pairs 80  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, 81  just as God had commanded him. 82  7:10 And after seven days the floodwaters engulfed the earth. 83 

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 84  burst open and the floodgates of the heavens 85  were opened. 7:12 And the rain fell 86  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. 87  7:14 They entered, 88  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. 89  7:15 Pairs 90  of all creatures 91  that have the breath of life came into the ark to Noah. 7:16 Those that entered were male and female, 92  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 93  the earth, and the ark floated 94  on the surface of the waters. 7:19 The waters completely inundated 95  the earth so that even 96  all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. 7:20 The waters rose more than twenty feet 97  above the mountains. 98  7:21 And all living things 99  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 100  in its nostrils died. 7:23 So the Lord 101  destroyed 102  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. 103  They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived. 104  7:24 The waters prevailed over 105  the earth for 150 days.

8:1 But God remembered 106  Noah and all the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to blow over 107  the earth and the waters receded. 8:2 The fountains of the deep and the floodgates of heaven were closed, 108  and the rain stopped falling from the sky. 8:3 The waters kept receding steadily 109  from the earth, so that they 110  had gone down 111  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. 112  8:5 The waters kept on receding 113  until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible. 114 

8:6 At the end of forty days, 115  Noah opened the window he had made in the ark 116  8:7 and sent out a raven; it kept flying 117  back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth.

8:8 Then Noah 118  sent out a dove 119  to see if the waters had receded 120  from the surface of the ground. 8:9 The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered 121  the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah 122  in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, 123  and brought it back into the ark. 124  8:10 He waited seven more days and then sent out the dove again from the ark. 8:11 When 125  the dove returned to him in the evening, there was 126  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, 127  but it did not return to him this time. 128 

8:13 In Noah’s six hundred and first year, 129  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 130  the surface of the ground was dry. 8:14 And by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth 131  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 132  every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase 133  and be fruitful and multiply on the earth! 134 

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. 135  8:21 And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 136  and said 137  to himself, 138 I will never again curse 139  the ground because of humankind, even though 140  the inclination of their minds 141  is evil from childhood on. 142  I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.

8:22While the earth continues to exist, 143 

planting time 144  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. 145  Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority. 146  9:3 You may eat any moving thing that lives. 147  As I gave you 148  the green plants, I now give 149  you everything.

9:4 But 150  you must not eat meat 151  with its life (that is, 152  its blood) in it. 153  9:5 For your lifeblood 154  I will surely exact punishment, 155  from 156  every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person 157  I will exact punishment for the life of the individual 158  since the man was his relative. 159 

9:6Whoever sheds human blood, 160 

by other humans 161 

must his blood be shed;

for in God’s image 162 

God 163  has made humankind.”

9:7 But as for you, 164  be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.”

9:8 God said to Noah and his sons, 165  9:9 Look! I now confirm 166  my covenant with you and your descendants after you 167  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. 168  9:11 I confirm 169  my covenant with you: Never again will all living things 170  be wiped out 171  by the waters of a flood; 172  never again will a flood destroy the earth.”

9:12 And God said, “This is the guarantee 173  of the covenant I am making 174  with you 175  and every living creature with you, a covenant 176  for all subsequent 177  generations: 9:13 I will place 178  my rainbow 179  in the clouds, and it will become 180  a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. 9:14 Whenever 181  I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 9:15 then I will remember my covenant with you 182  and with all living creatures of all kinds. 183  Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy 184  all living things. 185  9:16 When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember 186  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 187  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.) 188  9:19 These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated. 189 

9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, 190  began to plant a vineyard. 191  9:21 When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself 192  inside his tent. 9:22 Ham, the father of Canaan, 193  saw his father’s nakedness 194  and told his two brothers who were outside. 9:23 Shem and Japheth took the garment 195  and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned 196  the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness.

9:24 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor 197  he learned 198  what his youngest son had done 199  to him. 9:25 So he said,

Cursed 200  be Canaan! 201 

The lowest of slaves 202 

he will be to his brothers.”

9:26 He also said,

Worthy of praise is 203  the Lord, the God of Shem!

May Canaan be the slave of Shem! 204 

9:27 May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers! 205 

May he live 206  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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