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and the small animals that scurry along
the ground—so they can be fruitful and
multiply throughout the earth.”
18 So Noah, his wife, and his sons and
their wives left the boat. 19And all of the
large and small animals and birds came
out of the boat, pair by pair.
20Then Noah built an altar to the Lord,
and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been
approved for that purpose.* 21And the
Lord was pleased with the aroma of the
sacrifice and said to 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. 22As long as the
earth remains, there will be planting and
harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”
9:1Then God blessed Noah and his sons
and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply.
Fill the earth. 2All 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. 3I have given them to
you for food, just as I have given you grain
and vegetables. 4But 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. 6If 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. 7Now be
fruitful and multiply, and repopulate
8Then God told Noah and his sons, 9“I
hereby confirm my covenant with you
and your descendants, 10and 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.
11Yes, 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. 13I have placed my rainbow in
the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant
with you and with all the earth. 14When I
send clouds over the earth, the rainbow
will appear in the clouds, 15and I will remember my covenant with you and with
all living creatures. Never again will the
floodwaters destroy all life. 16When I
see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between
God and every living creature on earth.”
17Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”
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.
20After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. 21One day he drank some wine he
had made, and he became drunk and lay
naked inside his tent. 22Ham, 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. 25Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham:
“May Canaan be cursed!
May he be the lowest of servants
to his relatives.”
“May the Lord, the God of Shem, be
and may Canaan be his servant!
27 May God expand the territory