Genesis 9
New Heart English Bible
1God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth. 2The fear of you and the dread of you will be on every wild animal of the earth, and on every tame animal of the earth, and on every flying creature of the sky. Everything that the ground teems with, and all the fish of the sea are delivered into your hand. 3Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. As I gave the green plants, I now give you everything. 4But flesh with its life, its blood, you shall not eat. 5And surely I will require a reckoning for your lifeblood; from every animal I will require it, and from humans. From every human being I will require it for the life of his fellow human being.

6Whoever takes a human life, by a human will his life be taken, for God made humankind in his own image.

7And as for you, be fruitful and multiply, and increase abundantly on the earth, and subdue it."

8God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, 9"And as for me, look, I establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you: the flying creatures, and the tame animals, and every wild animal of the earth with you, of all that go out of the vessel. 11I will establish my covenant with you; and all flesh will never again be cut off by the waters of the flood, neither will there ever again be a flood to destroy the earth." 12God said, "This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14It will happen, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud, 15and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh, and the waters will no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16The rainbow will be in the cloud. I will look at it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between me and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." 17God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."

18The sons of Noah who came out from the vessel were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham is the father of Canaan. 19These were the three sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated.

20Noah, a farmer, was the first to plant a vineyard. 21He drank of the wine and got drunk. He was uncovered within his tent. 22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it on both their shoulders, went in backwards, and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned the other way, and they did not see their father's nakedness. 24Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done to him.

25He said, "Canaan is cursed. He will be servant of servants to his brothers."

26He said, "Blessed be the God of Shem. Let Canaan be his servant.

27May God enlarge Japheth. Let him dwell in the tents of Shem. Let Canaan be his servant."

28Noah lived three hundred fifty years after the flood. 29All the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, then he died.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
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