Genesis 9

Covenant of the Rainbow

1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "1Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
2 "The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given.
3 "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, 2as I gave the green plant.
4 "Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, 3its blood.
5 "Surely I will require 4your lifeblood *; 5from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man's brother I will require the life of man.
6 "6Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For 7in the image of God He made man.
7 "As for you, 8be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it."
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,
9 "Now behold, 9I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you;
10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.
11 "I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall 10never again be cut off by the water of the flood, 11neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth."
12 God said, "This is 12the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;
13 I set My 13bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
14 "It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,
15 and 14I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and 15never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 "When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the 16everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
17 And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."
18 Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and 17Ham was the father of Canaan.
19 These three were the sons of Noah, and 18from these the whole earth was populated.
20 Then Noah began farming * and planted a vineyard.
21 He drank of the wine and 19became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.
22 Ham, the father of Canaan, 20saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father's nakedness.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him.
25 So he said, "21Cursed be Canaan; 22A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers."
26 He also said, "23Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.
27 "24May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant."
29 So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.
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