Noah, a man of the soil, proceededa to plant a vineyard.
When he drank some of its wine,1 he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father's nakedness2 and told his two brothers outside.
But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father's nakedness.
When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,
he said, "Cursed3 be Canaan!4 The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.5"
He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem!6 May Canaan be the slave7 of Shem.b27
May God extend the territory of Japhethc;8 may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,9 and may Canaan be hisd slave."