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himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race,
even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from
childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. 22 As long as the earth
remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and
winter, day and night.”
God Confirms His Covenant
Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. 2 All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all
the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will
look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. 3 I have
given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables. 4 But
you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it.
5 “And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life.
If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. 6 If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will
also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings* in his own
image. 7 Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth.”
8 Then God told Noah and his sons, 9 “I hereby confirm my covenant with
you and your descendants, 10 and with all the animals that were on the boat
with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living
creature on earth. 11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never
again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood
destroy the earth.”
12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and
with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my
rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all
the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in
the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. 16 When I see
the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between
God and every living creature on earth.” 17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this
rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures
18 The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem,
Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) 19 From these three sons
of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth.
20 After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted
a vineyard. 21 One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became
drunk and lay naked inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that
his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. 23 Then Shem
and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the
tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they
would not see him naked.
24 When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. 25 Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham:
“May Canaan be cursed!
May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.”
26 Then Noah said,
“May the Lord, the God of Shem, be blessed,
and may Canaan be his servant!
27 May God expand the territory of Japheth!
9:6 Or man; Hebrew reads ha-adam.
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