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Genesis 9 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Covenant of the Rainbow

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Then God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:2 - “The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every animal of the earth and on every bird of the sky; on everything that crawls on the ground, and on all the fish of the sea. They are handed over to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:3 - “Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I have given everything to you, as I gave the green plant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:4 - “But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:5 - “I certainly will require [fn]your lifeblood; [fn]from every animal I will require it. And [fn]from every person, [fn]from every man as his brother I will require the life of a person.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:6 -

“Whoever sheds human blood,

By man his blood shall be shed,

For in the image of God

He made mankind.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:7 -

“As for you, be fruitful and multiply;

[fn]Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:8 -

Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:9 - “Now behold, I Myself am establishing My covenant with you, and with your [fn]descendants after you;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:10 - and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the livestock, and every animal of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, every animal of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:11 - “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be eliminated by the waters of a flood, nor shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:12 - God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for [fn]all future generations;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:13 - I have set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall [fn]serve as a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:14 - “It shall come about, when I make a cloud appear over the earth, that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:15 - and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:16 - “When the rainbow is in the cloud, then I will look at it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:17 - And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:18 -

Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:19 - These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was [fn]populated.
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Then Noah began [fn]farming and planted a vineyard.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:21 - He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:22 - Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:23 - But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it on both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were [fn]turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:24 - When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:25 - So he said,

“Cursed be Canaan;

[fn]A servant of servants

He shall be to his brothers.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:26 -

He also said,

“Blessed be the LORD,

The God of Shem;

And may Canaan be [fn]his servant.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:27 -

“May God enlarge Japheth,

And may he live in the tents of Shem;

And may Canaan be [fn]his servant.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:28 -

Noah lived 350 years after the flood.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:29 - So all the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit your blood of your lives
Lit from the hand of
Lit from the hand of
Lit from the hand of
Lit Swarm in the earth
Lit seed
Or everlasting generations
Lit be for
Lit scattered
Lit to be a farmer
Lit backward
I.e., The lowest of servants
Or their
Or their

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