Genesis 9:26
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New International Version
He also said, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.

New Living Translation
Then Noah said, "May the LORD, the God of Shem, be blessed, and may Canaan be his servant!

English Standard Version
He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.

New American Standard Bible
He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

King James Bible
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He also said: Praise the LORD, the God of Shem; Canaan will be his slave.

International Standard Version
He also said, "Blessed be the LORD God of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.

NET Bible
He also said, "Worthy of praise is the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Praise the LORD, the God of Shem! Canaan will be his slave.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his slave.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

American King James Version
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

American Standard Version
And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: Blessed be the Lord God of Sem, be Chanaan his servant.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem, And let Canaan be his bondman.

English Revised Version
And he said, Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

World English Bible
He said, "Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Shem. Let Canaan be his servant.

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith: 'Blessed of Jehovah my God is Shem, And Canaan is servant to him.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - And he said - not "Blessed of Jehovah, my God, be Shem" (Jamieson), as might have been anticipated (this, equally with the omission of Ham's name, lifts the entire patriarchal utterance out of the region of mere personal feeling), but - Blessed - בָּרוּך when applied to God signifies an ascription of praise (cf. Psalm 144:15; Ephesians 1:3); when applied to man, an invocation of good (cf. Genesis 14:19, 20; Psalm 128:1; Hebrews 7:6) - be the Lord God - literally, Jehovah, Elohim of Shem (cf. Genesis 24:27); Jehovah being the proper personal name of God, of whom it is predicated that he is the Elohim of Shem; equivalent to a statement not simply that Shem should enjoy "a rare and transcendent," "Divine or heavenly," blessing (Calvin), or "a most abundant blessing, reaching its highest point in the promised Seed" (Luther); but that Jehovah, the one living and true God, should be his God, and that the knowledge and practice of the true religion should continue among his descendants, with, perhaps, a hint that the promised Seed should spring from his loins (OEeolampadius, Willet, Murphy, Keil, &c.) - of Shem. In the name Shem (name, renown) there may lie an allusion to the spiritual exaltation and advancement of the Semitic nations (vide Genesis 5:32). And Canaan shall be his servant. לָמו = לָהֶס (Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic), i.e. the two brothers (Delitzsch), their descendants (Knobel, Keil), Shem and Jehovah (Bush); or more probably - לו, as a collective singular (cf. Gesenius, § 103, 2), i.e. Shem, including his descendants (LXX., αὐτοῦ; Kalisch, Lange, Murphy).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said, blessed be the Lord God of Shem,.... Shem was blessed before Japheth, because he was the first and principal in advising and conducting the affair before ascribed to them, as Jarchi on Genesis 9:23 suggests; and though the words are in the form of an ascription of blessedness to God, the fountain of all good, and by whose grace Shem was influenced and enabled to do the good he did, for which the Lord's name was to be praised and blessed; yet it includes the blessing of Shem, and indeed the greatest blessing he could possibly enjoy; for what greater blessing is there, than for a man to have God to be his God? this includes everything, all blessings temporal and spiritual; see Psalm 144:15 some interpret the God of Shem of Christ, who, according to the human nature, was a descendant of Shem; and according to the divine nature the God of Shem, God over all, blessed for ever, Romans 9:4.

And Canaan shall be his servant; the posterity of Canaan be servants to the posterity of Shem: this was fulfilled in the times of Joshua, when the Israelites, who sprung from Shem, conquered the land of Canaan, slew thirty of their kings, and took their cities and possessed them, and made the Gibeonites, one of the states of Canaan, hewers of wood and drawers of water to them, or the most mean and abject servants.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. Blessed be the Lord God of Shem—rather, "Blessed of Jehovah, my God, be Shem,"—an intimation that the descendants of Shem should be peculiarly honored in the service of the true God, His Church being for ages established among them (the Jews), and of them, concerning the flesh, Christ came. They got possession of Canaan, the people of that land being made their "servants" either by conquest, or, like the Gibeonites, by submission [Jos 9:25].

Genesis 9:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Shem's Blessing and Noah's Death
26He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. 27"May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant."…
Cross References
Genesis 14:20
And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 24:27
saying, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives."

Genesis 27:29
May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed."

1 Kings 9:21
Solomon conscripted the descendants of all these peoples remaining in the land--whom the Israelites could not exterminate --to serve as slave labor, as it is to this day.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Blessed.

Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none like to the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven …

Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yes, happy is that …

Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ …

the Lord.

Genesis 10:10-26 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, …

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and …

Luke 3:23-36 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as …

Sem.

Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: why God …

his servant. or, servant to them.

Genesis 27:37,40 And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him your …

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