Genesis 9:27
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New International Version
May God extend Japheth's territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth."

New Living Translation
May God expand the territory of Japheth! May Japheth share the prosperity of Shem, and may Canaan be his servant."

English Standard Version
May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.”

New American Standard Bible
"May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant."

King James Bible
God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God will extend Japheth; he will dwell in the tents of Shem; Canaan will be his slave.

International Standard Version
May God make room for Japheth; may God live in Shem's tents, and may Canaan serve him."

NET Bible
May God enlarge Japheth's territory and numbers! May he live in the tents of Shem and may Canaan be his slave!"

New Heart English Bible
May God enlarge Japheth. Let him dwell in the tents of Shem. Let Canaan be his servant."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May God expand the territory of Japheth. May he live in the tents of Shem. Canaan will be his slave."

JPS Tanakh 1917
God enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be their servant.

New American Standard 1977
“May God enlarge Japheth,
            And let him dwell in the tents of Shem;
            And let Canaan be his servant.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his slave.

King James 2000 Bible
God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

American King James Version
God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

American Standard Version
God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
May God enlarge Japheth, and may he dwell in the tents of Sem, and Chanaan be his servant.

Darby Bible Translation
Let God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, And let Canaan be his bondman.

English Revised Version
God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

Webster's Bible Translation
God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

World English Bible
May God enlarge Japheth. Let him dwell in the tents of Shem. Let Canaan be his servant."

Young's Literal Translation
God doth give beauty to Japheth, And he dwelleth in tents of Shem, And Canaan is servant to him.'
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
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." 28Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood.…
Cross References
Genesis 9:28
Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood.

Genesis 10:2
The sons of Japheth were Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras.

Genesis 27:29
May peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you; Be master of your brothers, And may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, And blessed be those who bless you."

Isaiah 66:19
"I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Rosh, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory among the nations.
Treasury of Scripture

God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

enlarge. or, persuade. Japheth. Japheth denotes enlargement, and how wonderfully have his boundaries been enlarged; for not only Europe, but Asia Minor, part of Armenia, Iberia, the whole of the vast regions of Asia north of Taurus, and probably America, fell to the share of his posterity.

he shall dwell. These words may mean either that God or that Japheth shall dwell in the tents of Shem. In either sense the prophecy has been literally fulfilled.

dwell.

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand …

Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, …

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same …

Acts 17:14 And then immediately the brothers sent away Paul to go as it were …

Romans 11:12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing …

Romans 15:12 And again, Esaias said, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that …

Ephesians 2:13,14,19 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near …

Ephesians 3:6,13 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and …

Hebrews 11:9,10 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, …

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