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Genesis 9 :: New International Version (NIV)

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God’s Covenant With Noah

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:1 - Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:2 - The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:3 - Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:4 - “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:5 - And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:6 - “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:7 - As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:8 - Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:9 - “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:10 - and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:11 - I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:12 - And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:13 - I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:14 - Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:15 - I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:16 - Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:17 - So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

The Sons of Noah

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:18 - The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:19 - These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:20 - Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded[fn] to plant a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:21 - When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:22 - Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:23 - But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:24 - When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:25 - he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:26 - He also said, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:27 - May God extend Japheth’s[fn] territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:28 - After the flood Noah lived 350 years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:29 - Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.
NIV Footnotes
Or soil, was the first
Japheth sounds like the Hebrew for extend.

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