Genesis 9:20
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New International Version
Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.

New Living Translation
After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard.

English Standard Version
Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard.

New American Standard Bible
Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard.

King James Bible
And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard.

International Standard Version
Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant and farm a vineyard.

NET Bible
Noah, a man of the soil, began to plant a vineyard.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Noah, a farmer, was the first person to plant a vineyard.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Noah began to till the ground, and he planted a vineyard;

King James 2000 Bible
And Noah began to till the soil, and he planted a vineyard:

American King James Version
And Noah began to be an farmer, and he planted a vineyard:

American Standard Version
And Noah began to be a husbandman, and planted a vineyard:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Noe, a husbandman, began to till the ground, and planted a vineyard.

Darby Bible Translation
And Noah began [to be] a husbandman, and planted a vineyard.

English Revised Version
And Noah began to be an husbandman, and planted a vineyard:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

World English Bible
Noah began to be a farmer, and planted a vineyard.

Young's Literal Translation
And Noah remaineth a man of the ground, and planteth a vineyard,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:18-23 The drunkenness of Noah is recorded in the Bible, with that fairness which is found only in the Scripture, as a case and proof of human weakness and imperfection, even though he may have been surprised into the sin; and to show that the best of men cannot stand upright, unless they depend upon Divine grace, and are upheld thereby. Ham appears to have been a bad man, and probably rejoiced to find his father in an unbecoming situation. It was said of Noah, that he was perfect in his generations, ch.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - And Noah began to be an husbandman. Literally, a man of the ground. Vir terror (Vulgate); ἄνθρωπος γεωργὸς γῆς (LXX.); Chald., נְּבַר פָלַח בְּאַרְעָא = vir co-lens terram; agriculturae dediturus. Cf. Joshua 5:4, "a man of war;" 2 Samuel 16:7, "a man of blood;" Genesis 46:32, "a man of cattle;" Exodus 4:10, "a man of words." And he planted a vineyard. So Murphy, Wordsworth, Kalisch. Keil, Delitzsch, and Lange regard ish ha Adamah, with the art., as in apposition to Noah, and read, "And Noah, the husbandman, began and planted a vineyard," i.e. caepit plantare (cf. Gesenius, 'Gram.,' 142, 3; Glass, Sacrae Philologiae, lib. 3. tr. 3. can. 34). Neither interpretation presupposes that husbandry and vine cultivation were now practiced for the first time. That Armenia is a wine-growing country is testified by Xenophon ('Anab.,' 4:4, 9). That the vine was abundantly cultivated in Egypt is evident from representations on the monuments, as well as from Scriptural allusions. The Egyptians say that Osiris, the Greeks that Dionysus, the Romans that Saturn, first taught men the cultivation of the tree and the use of its fruit.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Noah began to be an husbandman,.... Or "a man of the earth" (c), not lord of it, as Jarchi, though he was, but a tiller of the earth, as he had been before the flood, and now began to be again; he returned to his old employment, and which perhaps he improved, having invented, as the Jews (d) say, instruments of husbandry; it may be, the use of the plough, which made the tillage of the ground more easy; he was expert in husbandry, as Aben Ezra observes, and which, as he remarks, is great wisdom; and though he was so great a man, yet he employed himself in this way:

and he planted a vineyard; not vines, but a vineyard; there were vines before scattered up and down, here one and there another, but he planted a number of them together, and set them in order, as the Jewish writers say (e); and some of them (f) will have it that he found a vine which the flood brought out of the garden of Eden, and planted it; but this is mere fable: where this plantation was cannot be said with certainty; the Armenians have a tradition that Noah, after quitting the ark, went and settled at Erivan, about twelve leagues from Ararat, a city full of vineyards; and that it was there he planted the vineyard, in a place where they still make excellent wine, and that their vines are of the same sort he planted there (g); which contradicts what Strabo (h) says of the country of Armenia, its hills and plains, that a vine will not easily grow there.

(c) "vir terrie", Montanus. (d) Zohar, apud Hottinger, Smegma Oriental. p. 253. (e) Ben Melech in loc. so Abarbinel & Bechai, apud Muis, in loc. (f) Targum Jon. in loc. Pirke Eliezer, c. 23. (g) See Tournefort's Voyage to the Levant, vol. 3. p. 178. Universal History, vol. 1. p. 261. (h) Geograph. l. 11. p. 363.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. And Noah … planted a vineyard—Noah had been probably bred to the culture of the soil, and resumed that employment on leaving the ark.

Genesis 9:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Noah's Shame and Canaan's Curse
20Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. 21He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.…
Cross References
Genesis 9:19
These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.

Genesis 9:21
When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.
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