Bible: Genesis 9:18-27

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.) 1  9:19 These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated. 2 

9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, 3  began to plant a vineyard. 4  9:21 When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself 5  inside his tent. 9:22 Ham, the father of Canaan, 6  saw his father’s nakedness 7  and told his two brothers who were outside. 9:23 Shem and Japheth took the garment 8  and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned 9  the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness.

9:24 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor 10  he learned 11  what his youngest son had done 12  to him. 9:25 So he said,

Cursed 13  be Canaan! 14 

The lowest of slaves 15 

he will be to his brothers.”

9:26 He also said,

Worthy of praise is 16  the Lord, the God of Shem!

May Canaan be the slave of Shem! 17 

9:27 May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers! 18 

May he live 19  in the tents of Shem

and may Canaan be his slave!

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