Bible: Genesis 9:1-28

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. 1  Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority. 2  9:3 You may eat any moving thing that lives. 3  As I gave you 4  the green plants, I now give 5  you everything.

9:4 But 6  you must not eat meat 7  with its life (that is, 8  its blood) in it. 9  9:5 For your lifeblood 10  I will surely exact punishment, 11  from 12  every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person 13  I will exact punishment for the life of the individual 14  since the man was his relative. 15 

9:6Whoever sheds human blood, 16 

by other humans 17 

must his blood be shed;

for in God’s image 18 

God 19  has made humankind.”

9:7 But as for you, 20  be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.”

9:8 God said to Noah and his sons, 21  9:9 Look! I now confirm 22  my covenant with you and your descendants after you 23  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. 24  9:11 I confirm 25  my covenant with you: Never again will all living things 26  be wiped out 27  by the waters of a flood; 28  never again will a flood destroy the earth.”

9:12 And God said, “This is the guarantee 29  of the covenant I am making 30  with you 31  and every living creature with you, a covenant 32  for all subsequent 33  generations: 9:13 I will place 34  my rainbow 35  in the clouds, and it will become 36  a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. 9:14 Whenever 37  I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 9:15 then I will remember my covenant with you 38  and with all living creatures of all kinds. 39  Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy 40  all living things. 41  9:16 When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember 42  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 43  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.) 44  9:19 These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated. 45 

9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, 46  began to plant a vineyard. 47  9:21 When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself 48  inside his tent. 9:22 Ham, the father of Canaan, 49  saw his father’s nakedness 50  and told his two brothers who were outside. 9:23 Shem and Japheth took the garment 51  and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned 52  the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness.

9:24 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor 53  he learned 54  what his youngest son had done 55  to him. 9:25 So he said,

Cursed 56  be Canaan! 57 

The lowest of slaves 58 

he will be to his brothers.”

9:26 He also said,

Worthy of praise is 59  the Lord, the God of Shem!

May Canaan be the slave of Shem! 60 

9:27 May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers! 61 

May he live 62  in the tents of Shem

and may Canaan be his slave!

9:28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years.

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