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

New Living Translation
One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent.

English Standard Version
He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.

New American Standard Bible
He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.

King James Bible
And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He drank some of the wine, became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.

International Standard Version
He drank some of the wine, got drunk, and lay down naked right in the middle of his tent.

NET Bible
When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself inside his tent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He drank some wine, got drunk, and lay naked inside his tent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he drank of the wine and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

King James 2000 Bible
And he drank of the wine, and was drunk; and he was uncovered within his tent.

American King James Version
And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

American Standard Version
and he drank of the wine, and was drunken. And he was uncovered within his tent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And drinking of the wine was made drunk, and was uncovered in his tent.

Darby Bible Translation
And he drank of the wine, and was drunken, and he uncovered himself in his tent.

English Revised Version
and he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he drank the wine, and was drunken, and he was uncovered within his tent.

World English Bible
He drank of the wine and got drunk. He was uncovered within his tent.

Young's Literal Translation
and drinketh of the wine, and is drunken, and uncovereth himself in the midst of the tent.
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 21. - And he drank of the wine. יַיִן; "perhaps so called from bubbling up and fermenting;" connected with יָוַן (Gesenius). Though the first mention of wine in Scripture, it is scarcely probable that the natural process of fermentation for so many centuries escaped the notice of the enterprising Cainites, or even of the Sethites; that, "though grapes had been in use before this, wine had not been extracted from them" (Murphy); or that Noah was unacquainted with the nature and effects of this intoxicating liquor (Chrysostom, Theodoret, Keil, Lunge). The article before יַיִן indicates that the patriarch was "familiar with the use and treatment" of the grape (Kalisch); and Moses does not say this was the first occasion on which the patriarch tasted the fermented liquor (Calvin, Wordsworth). And was drunken. The verb שָׁכַר (whence shechar, strong drink, Numbers 28:7), to drink to the full, very often signifies to make oneself drunken, or simply to be intoxicated as the result of drinking; and that which the Holy Spirit here reprobates is not the partaking of the fruit of the vine, but the drinking so as to be intoxicated thereby. Since the sin of Noah cannot be ascribed to ignorance, it is perhaps right, as well as charitable, to attribute it to ago and inadvertence. Six hundred years old at the time of the Flood, he must have been considerably beyond this when Ham saw him overtaken in his fault, since Canaan was Ham's fourth son (Genesis 10:6), and the first was not born till after the exit from the ark (Genesis 8:18). But from whatever cause induced, the drunkenness of Noah was not entirely guiltless; it was sinful in itself, and led to further shame. And he was uncovered. Literally, he uncovered himself. Hithpael of גָּלַה, to make naked, which more correctly indicates the personal guilt of the patriarch than the A.V., or the LXX., ἐγυμνώθη. That intoxication tends to sensuality cf. the cases of Lot (Genesis 19:33), Ahasuerus (Esther 1:10, 11), Belshazzar (Daniel 5:1-6). Within his tent. Ἐν τῷ οἴκῷ αὐτοῦ (LXX.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he drank of the wine, and was drunken,.... Either not being acquainted with the strength of it, as is thought by many; or having been used to weaker liquor, as water; or through the infirmity of his age; however, he was overtaken with it, and which is recorded, not to disgrace him, but to caution men against the evil of intemperance, as well as to encourage repenting sinners to expect pardon: and this shows that the best of men are not exempted from sin, nor secure from falling; and that though Noah was a perfect man, yet not as to be without sin; and that whereas he was a righteous man, he was not so by the righteousness of works, but by the righteousness of faith:

and he was uncovered within his tent; being in liquor when he laid down, he was either negligent of his long and loose garments, such as the eastern people wore without breeches, and did not take care to wrap them about him; or in his sleep, through the heat of the weather, or of the wine, or both, threw them off.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken—perhaps at the festivities of the vintage season. This solitary stain on the character of so eminently pious a man must, it is believed, have been the result of age or inadvertency.

Genesis 9:21 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. 22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.…
Cross References
Genesis 9:20
Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Treasury of Scripture

And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

and was.

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect …

Genesis 19:32-36 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, …

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived …

Proverbs 23:31,32 Look not you on the wine when it is red, when it gives his color …

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.

Luke 22:3,4 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number …

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

1 Corinthians 10:12 Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in …

and he.

Habakkuk 2:15,16 Woe to him that gives his neighbor drink, that put your bottle to …

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …

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