So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant1 I have established between me and all life on the earth."
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The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth.2 (Ham was the father of Canaan.)3
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These were the three sons of Noah,4 and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth.5
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Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.
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When he drank some of its wine,6 he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.
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Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father's nakedness7 and told his two brothers outside.
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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, "Cursed8 be Canaan!9 The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.10"
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He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem!11 May Canaan be the slave12 of Shem.
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May God extend the territory of Japheth;13 may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,14 and may Canaan be his slave."
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