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Genesis 9 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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God’s Promise to Noah
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:1 - So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:2 - “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:3 - “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:4 - “But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:5 - “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:6 - “Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed;
For in the image of God
He made man.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:7 - And as for you, be fruitful and multiply;
Bring forth abundantly in the earth
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 - “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants[fn] after you,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:10 - “and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:11 - “Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:12 - And God 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:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:13 - “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:14 - “It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall 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; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:16 - “The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on 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.”
Noah and His Sons
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:18 - Now the sons of Noah who went 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 populated.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:20 - And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:21 - Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:22 - And 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, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:24 - So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:25 - Then he said:

“Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brethren.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:26 - And he said:

“Blessed be the LORD,
The God of Shem,
And may Canaan be his servant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:27 - May God enlarge Japheth,
And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;
And may Canaan be his servant.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:28 - And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 9:29 - So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.
NKJV Footnotes
Compare Genesis 1:28
Literally seed

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