God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, "Multiply and fill the earth.
All the wild animals, large and small, and all the birds and fish will be afraid of you. I have placed them in your power.
I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables.
But you must never eat animals that still have their lifeblood in them.
And murder is forbidden. Animals that kill people must die, and any person who murders must be killed.
Yes, you must execute anyone who murders another person, for to kill a person is to kill a living being made in God's image.
Now you must have many children and repopulate the earth. Yes, multiply and fill the earth!"
Then God told Noah and his sons,
"I am making a covenant with you and your descendants,
and with the animals you brought with you -- all these birds and livestock and wild animals.
I solemnly promise never to send another flood to kill all living creatures and destroy the earth."
And God said, "I am giving you a sign as evidence of my eternal covenant with you and all living creatures.
I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my permanent promise to you and to all the earth.
When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the clouds,
and I will remember my covenant with you and with everything that lives. Never again will there be a flood that will destroy all life.
When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth."
Then God said to Noah, "Yes, this is the sign of my covenant with all the creatures of the earth."
Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the three sons of Noah, survived the Flood with their father. (Ham is the ancestor of the Canaanites.)
From these three sons of Noah came all the people now scattered across the earth.
After the Flood, Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard.
One day he became drunk on some wine he had made and lay naked in his tent.
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers.
Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, walked backward into the tent, and covered their father's naked body. As they did this, they looked the other way so they wouldn't see him naked.
When Noah woke up from his drunken stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done.
Then he cursed the descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham: "A curse on the Canaanites! May they be the lowest of servants to the descendants of Shem and Japheth."
Then Noah said, "May Shem be blessed by the LORD my God; and may Canaan be his servant.
May God enlarge the territory of Japheth, and may he share the prosperity of Shem; a and let Canaan be his servant."
Noah lived another 350 years after the Flood.
He was 950 years old when he died.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)