God blessed Noah and his sons: He said, "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth!
Every living creature - birds, animals, fish - will fall under your spell and be afraid of you. You're responsible for them.
All living creatures are yours for food; just as I gave you the plants, now I give you everything else.
Except for meat with its lifeblood still in it - don't eat that.
"But your own lifeblood I will avenge; I will avenge it against both animals and other humans.
Whoever sheds human blood, by humans let his blood be shed, Because God made humans in his image reflecting God's very nature.
You're here to bear fruit, reproduce, lavish life on the Earth, live bountifully!"
Then God spoke to Noah and his sons:
"I'm setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you,
along with everything alive around you - birds, farm animals, wild animals - that came out of the ship with you.
I'm setting up my covenant with you that never again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters; no, never again will a flood destroy the Earth."
God continued, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you.
I'm putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth.
From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud,
I'll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life.
When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I'll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth."
And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I've set up between me and everything living on the Earth."
The sons of Noah who came out of the ship were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan.
These are the three sons of Noah; from these three the whole Earth was populated.
Noah, a farmer, was the first to plant a vineyard.
He drank from its wine, got drunk and passed out, naked in his tent.
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and told his two brothers who were outside the tent.
Shem and Japheth took a cloak, held it between them from their shoulders, walked backwards and covered their father's nakedness, keeping their faces turned away so they did not see their father's exposed body.
When Noah woke up with his hangover, he learned what his youngest son had done.
He said, Cursed be Canaan! A slave of slaves, a slave to his brothers!
Blessed be God, the God of Shem, but Canaan shall be his slave.
God prosper Japheth, living spaciously in the tents of Shem. But Canaan shall be his slave.
Noah lived another 350 years following the flood.
He lived a total of 950 years. And he died.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)