Bible: Genesis 8:15-9:29

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 1  every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase 2  and be fruitful and multiply on the earth! 3 

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. 4  8:21 And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 5  and said 6  to himself, 7 I will never again curse 8  the ground because of humankind, even though 9  the inclination of their minds 10  is evil from childhood on. 11  I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.

8:22While the earth continues to exist, 12 

planting time 13  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. 14  Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority. 15  9:3 You may eat any moving thing that lives. 16  As I gave you 17  the green plants, I now give 18  you everything.

9:4 But 19  you must not eat meat 20  with its life (that is, 21  its blood) in it. 22  9:5 For your lifeblood 23  I will surely exact punishment, 24  from 25  every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person 26  I will exact punishment for the life of the individual 27  since the man was his relative. 28 

9:6Whoever sheds human blood, 29 

by other humans 30 

must his blood be shed;

for in God’s image 31 

God 32  has made humankind.”

9:7 But as for you, 33  be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.”

9:8 God said to Noah and his sons, 34  9:9 Look! I now confirm 35  my covenant with you and your descendants after you 36  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. 37  9:11 I confirm 38  my covenant with you: Never again will all living things 39  be wiped out 40  by the waters of a flood; 41  never again will a flood destroy the earth.”

9:12 And God said, “This is the guarantee 42  of the covenant I am making 43  with you 44  and every living creature with you, a covenant 45  for all subsequent 46  generations: 9:13 I will place 47  my rainbow 48  in the clouds, and it will become 49  a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. 9:14 Whenever 50  I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 9:15 then I will remember my covenant with you 51  and with all living creatures of all kinds. 52  Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy 53  all living things. 54  9:16 When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember 55  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 56  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.) 57  9:19 These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated. 58 

9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, 59  began to plant a vineyard. 60  9:21 When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself 61  inside his tent. 9:22 Ham, the father of Canaan, 62  saw his father’s nakedness 63  and told his two brothers who were outside. 9:23 Shem and Japheth took the garment 64  and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned 65  the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness.

9:24 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor 66  he learned 67  what his youngest son had done 68  to him. 9:25 So he said,

Cursed 69  be Canaan! 70 

The lowest of slaves 71 

he will be to his brothers.”

9:26 He also said,

Worthy of praise is 72  the Lord, the God of Shem!

May Canaan be the slave of Shem! 73 

9:27 May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers! 74 

May he live 75  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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