Genesis 9:26
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English Standard Version
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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In contrast with the curse, the blessings upon Shem and Japhet are introduced with a fresh "and he said," whilst Canaan's servitude comes in like a refrain and is mentioned in connection with both his brethren: Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem, and let Canaan be servant to them." Instead of wishing good to Shem, Noah praises the God of Shem, just as Moses in Deuteronomy 33:20, instead of blessing Gad, blesses Him "that enlargeth Gad," and points out the nature of the good which he is to receive, by using the name Jehovah. This is done "propter excellentem benedictionem. Non enim loquitur de corporali benedictione, sed de benedictione futura per semen promissum. Eam tantam videt esse ut explicari verbis non possit, ideo se vertit ad gratiarum actionem" (Luther). Because Jehovah is the God of Shem, Shem will be the recipient and heir of all the blessings of salvation, which God as Jehovah bestows upon mankind. למו equals להם neither stands for the singular לו (Ges. 103, 2), nor refers to Shem and Japhet. It serves to show that the announcement does not refer to the person relation of Canaan to Shem, but applies to their descendants.

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Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none like to the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven in your help, and in his excellency on the sky.

Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yes, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

the Lord.

Genesis 10:10-26 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar...

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house...

Luke 3:23-36 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli...


Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: why God is not ashamed to be called their God...

his servant. or, servant to them.

Genesis 27:37,40 And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers have I given to him for servants...

Cross References
Genesis 14:20
and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!" And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 24:27
and said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen."

Genesis 27:29
Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!"

1 Kings 9:21
their descendants who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel were unable to devote to destruction--these Solomon drafted to be slaves, and so they are to this day.

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