1And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2And the fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the #9:2 Lit heavenssky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. 3Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; as with the green plant, I give all to you. 4However, flesh with its life, that is, its blood, you shall not eat. 5Surely I will require #9:5 Lit your blood of your livesyour lifeblood; #9:5 Lit from the hand offrom every living thing I will require it. And #9:5 Lit from the hand offrom every man, #9:5 Lit from the hand offrom each man’s brother I will require the life of man.
6“Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed,
For in the image of God
He made man.
7“As for you, be fruitful and multiply;
# 9:7 Or increase, cf. Ex 1:7 Swarm on the earth and multiply in it.”
8Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, 9“As for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your seed after you; 10and 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. 11Indeed I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, and there shall never again be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12Then God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am giving to be between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for #9:12 Or everlasting generationsall successive generations; 13I put My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14And it will be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16So the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17And 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.”
Noah’s Three Sons
18Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan. 19These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was scattered abroad.
20Then Noah began to be #9:20 Or a farmera man of the land and planted a vineyard. 21And he drank of the wine and became drunk and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22Then Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23But Shem and Japheth took the garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned backward, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24Then Noah awoke from his wine, and he knew what his youngest son had done to him. 25So he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
# 9:25 The lowest of servants A servant of servants
He shall be to his brothers.”
26And he said,
“Blessed be Yahweh,
The God of Shem;
And let Canaan be #9:26 Or theirhis servant.
27“May God enlarge Japheth,
And let him dwell in the tents of Shem;
And let Canaan be #9:27 Or theirhis servant.”
28And Noah lived 350 years after the flood. 29So all the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.