The Covenant of the Rainbow
1And God blessed Noe and his sons. And he said to them: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth. 2And let the fear and dread of you be upon all the beasts of the earth, and upon all the fowls of the air, and all that move upon the earth: all the fishes of the sea are delivered into your hand. 3And every thing that moveth and liveth shall be meat for you: even as the green herbs have I delivered them all to you: 4Saving that flesh with blood you shall not eat. 5For I will require the blood of your lives at the hand of every beast, and at the hand of man, at the hand of every man, and of his brother, will I require the life of man.
6Whosoever shall shed man's blood, his blood shall be shed: for man was made to the image of God.
7But increase you and multiply, and go upon the earth, and fill it.
8This also said God to Noe, and to his sons with him, 9Behold I will establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you: 10And with every living soul that is with you, as well in all birds as in cattle and beasts of the earth, that are come forth out of the ark, and in all the beasts of the earth. 11I will establish my covenant with you, and all flesh shall be no more destroyed with the waters of a flood, neither shall there be from henceforth a flood to waste the earth. 12And God said: This is the sign of the covenant which I will give between me and you, and to every living soul that is with you, for perpetual generations. 13I will set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be the sign of a covenant between me, and between the earth. 14And when I shall cover the sky with clouds, my bow shall appear in the clouds: 15And I will remember my covenant with you, and with every living soul that beareth flesh: and there shall no more be waters of a flood to destroy all flesh. 16And the bow shall be in the clouds, and I shall see it, and shall remember the everlasting covenant, that was made between God and every living soul of all flesh which is upon the earth. 17And God said to Noe: This shall be the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh upon the earth.
18And the sons of Noe who came out of the ark, were Sem, Cham, and Japheth: and Cham is the father of Chanaan. 19These three are the sons of Noe: and from these was all mankind spread over the whole earth.
Noah's Shame and Canaan's Curse
20And Noe, a husbandman, began to till the ground, and planted a vineyard. 21And drinking of the wine was made drunk, and was uncovered in his tent. 22Which when Cham the father of Chaanan had seen, to wit, that his father's nakedness was uncovered, he told it to his two brethren without. 23But Sem and Japheth put a cloak upon their shoulders, and going backward, covered the nakedness of their father: and their faces were turned away, and they saw not their father's nakedness. 24And Noe awaking from the wine, when he had learned what his younger son had done to him,
25He said: Cursed be Chaanan, a servant of servants, shall he be unto his brethren.
Shem's Blessing and Noah's Death
26And he said: Blessed be the Lord God of Sem, be Chanaan his servant.
27May God enlarge Japheth, and may he dwell in the tents of Sem, and Chanaan be his servant.