Genesis 9:25
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New International Version
he said, "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers."

New Living Translation
Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham: "May Canaan be cursed! May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives."

English Standard Version
he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”

New American Standard Bible
So he said, "Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers."

King James Bible
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
he said: Canaan will be cursed. He will be the lowest of slaves to his brothers.

International Standard Version
he said, "Canaan is cursed! He will be the lowest of slaves to his relatives."

NET Bible
So he said, "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves he will be to his brothers."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "Canaan is cursed. He will be servant of servants to his brothers."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So he said, "Canaan is cursed! He will be the lowest slave to his brothers.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

New American Standard 1977
So he said,
            “Cursed be Canaan;
            A servant of servants
            He shall be to his brothers.”



Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be unto his brethren.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

American King James Version
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.

American Standard Version
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said: Cursed be Chaanan, a servant of servants, shall he be unto his brethren.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; Let him be a bondman of bondmen to his brethren.

English Revised Version
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren.

World English Bible
He said, "Canaan is cursed. He will be servant of servants to his brothers."

Young's Literal Translation
and saith: 'Cursed is Canaan, Servant of servants he is to his brethren.'

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:24-29 Noah declares a curse on Canaan, the son of Ham; perhaps this grandson of his was more guilty than the rest. A servant of servants, that is, The meanest and most despicable servant, shall he be, even to his brethren. This certainly points at the victories in after-times obtained by Israel over the Canaanites, by which they were put to the sword, or brought to pay tribute. The whole continent of Africa was peopled mostly by the descendants of Ham; and for how many ages have the better parts of that country lain under the dominion of the Romans, then of the Saracens, and now of the Turks! In what wickedness, ignorance, barbarity, slavery, and misery most of the inhabitants live! And of the poor negroes, how many every year are sold and bought, like beasts in the market, and conveyed from one quarter of the world to do the work of beasts in another! But this in no way excuses the covetousness and barbarity of those who enrich themselves with the product of their sweat and blood. God has not commanded us to enslave negroes; and, without doubt, he will severely punish all such cruel wrongs. The fulfilment of this prophecy, which contains almost a history of the world, frees Noah from the suspicion of having uttered it from personal anger. It fully proves that the Holy Spirit took occasion from Ham's offence to reveal his secret purposes. Blessed be the Lord God of Shem. The church should be built up and continued in the posterity of Shem; of him came the Jews, who were, for a great while, the only professing people God had in the world. Christ, who was the Lord God, in his human nature should descend from Shem; for of him, as concerning the flesh, Christ came. Noah also blesses Japheth, and, in him, the isles of the gentiles that were peopled by his seed. It speaks of the conversion of the gentiles, and the bringing of them into the church. We may read it, God shall persuade Japheth, and being persuaded, he shall dwell in the tents of Shem. Jews and gentiles shall be united together in the gospel fold; both shall be one in Christ. Noah lived to see two worlds; but being an heir of the righteousness which is by faith, he now rests in hope, waiting to see a better than either.
Study Bible
Noah's Shame and Canaan's Curse
24When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. 25So he said, "Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers." 26He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.…
Cross References
Genesis 9:18
Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.

Genesis 9:24
When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him.

Deuteronomy 27:16
'Cursed is he who dishonors his father or mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'

Joshua 9:23
"Now therefore, you are cursed, and you shall never cease being slaves, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God."

1 Kings 9:21
their descendants who were left after them in the land whom the sons of Israel were unable to destroy utterly, from them Solomon levied forced laborers, even to this day.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.

Cursed.

Genesis 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and …

Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, …

Genesis 4:11 And now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth …

Genesis 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it …

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all …

Deuteronomy 28:18 Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your land, …

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits …

a servant. The devoted nations, which God destroyed before Israel, were descended from Canaan: and so were the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, who were at length subjugated with dreadful destruction by the Greeks and Romans. The Africans, who have been bought and sold like beasts, were also his posterity.

Joshua 9:23,27 Now therefore you are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed …

Judges 1:28-30 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites …

1 Kings 9:20,21 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, …

2 Chronicles 8:7,8 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites, and the Amorites, …

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits …

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