Genesis 9:26

26 He also said, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.

Genesis 9:26 in Other Translations

26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
26 He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.
26 Then Noah said, “May the LORD, the God of Shem, be blessed, and may Canaan be his servant!
26 Blessed be God, the God of Shem, but Canaan shall be his slave.
26 He also said: Praise the Lord, the God of Shem; Canaan will be his slave.

Genesis 9:26 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 9:26

And he said, blessed be the Lord God of Shem
Shem was blessed before Japheth, because he was the first and principal in advising and conducting the affair before ascribed to them, as Jarchi on ( Genesis 9:23 ) suggests; and though the words are in the form of an ascription of blessedness to God, the fountain of all good, and by whose grace Shem was influenced and enabled to do the good he did, for which the Lord's name was to be praised and blessed; yet it includes the blessing of Shem, and indeed the greatest blessing he could possibly enjoy; for what greater blessing is there, than for a man to have God to be his God? this includes everything, all blessings temporal and spiritual; see ( Psalms 144:15 ) some interpret the God of Shem of Christ, who, according to the human nature, was a descendant of Shem; and according to the divine nature the God of Shem, God over all, blessed for ever, ( Romans 9:4 Romans 9:5 ) .

And Canaan shall be his servant;
the posterity of Canaan be servants to the posterity of Shem: this was fulfilled in the times of Joshua, when the Israelites, who sprung from Shem, conquered the land of Canaan, slew thirty of their kings, and took their cities and possessed them, and made the Gibeonites, one of the states of Canaan, hewers of wood and drawers of water to them, or the most mean and abject servants.

Genesis 9:26 In-Context

24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,
25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Genesis 14:20; Exodus 18:10; Psalms 7:17
  • 2. 1 Kings 9:21
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