The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 9:1–29

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And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.

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And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, and upon all wherewith the ground teemeth, and upon all the fishes of the sea: into your hand are they delivered.

And the dread and the fear of you shall be upon all the wild beasts of the earth, on all the birds of the sky, and on all things moving upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea, I have placed them under you power.

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Every moving thing that liveth shall be for food for you; as the green herb have I given you all.

And every reptile which is living shall be to you for meat, I have given all things to you as the green herbs.

And everything that moves and lives will be food for you. Just as with the edible plants, I have delivered them all to you,

Only flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

But flesh with blood of life ye shall not eat.

except that flesh with blood you shall not eat.

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And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it; and at the hand of man, even at the hand of every man's brother, will I require the life of man.

For your blood of your lives will I require at the hand of all wild beasts, and I will require the life of man at the hand of his brother man.

For I will examine the blood of your lives at the hand of every beast. So also, at the hand of mankind, at the hand of each man and his brother, I will examine the life of mankind.

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Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God made He man.

He that sheds man’s blood, instead of that blood shall his own be shed, for in the image of God I made man.

Whoever will shed human blood, his blood will be poured out. For man was indeed made to the image of God.

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And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; swarm in the earth, and multiply therein.'

But do ye increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and have dominion over it.

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And God spoke unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying

To Noah and to his sons with him, God also said this

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'As for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

And behold I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you,

“Behold, I will establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you,

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10  and with every living creature that is with you, the fowl, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that go out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.

10  and with every living soul that is with you: as much with the birds as with the cattle and all the animals of the earth that have gone forth from the ark, and with all the wild beasts of the earth.

11  And I will establish My covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.'

11  I will establish my covenant with you, and no longer will all that is flesh be put to death by the waters of a great flood, and, henceforth, there will not be a great flood to utterly destroy the earth.”

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12  And God said: 'This is the token of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations

12  And the Lord God said to Noe, This is the sign of the covenant which I set between me and you, and between every living creature which is with you for perpetual generations.

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13  I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.

13  I will place my arc in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the pact between myself and the earth.

14  And it shall come to pass, when I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow is seen in the cloud,

14  And when I obscure the sky with clouds, my arc will appear in the clouds.

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15  that I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

15  And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you, and between every living soul in all flesh, and there shall no longer be water for a deluge, so as to blot out all flesh.

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16  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.'

17  And God said unto Noah: 'This is the token of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth.'

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18  And the sons of Noah, that went forth from the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan.

18  Now the sons of Noe which came out of the ark, were Sem, Cham, Japheth. And Cham was father of Chanaan.

18  And so the sons of Noah, who came out of the ark, were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now Ham himself is the father of Canaan.

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19  These three were the sons of Noah, and of these was the whole earth overspread.

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20  And Noah the husbandman began, and planted a vineyard.

20  And Noah, a good farmer, began to cultivate the land, and he planted a vineyard.

20  And Noah began to till the ground; and he planted a vineyard;

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21  And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

21  And by drinking its wine, he became inebriated and was naked in his tent.

22  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

22  Because of this, when Ham, the father of Canaan, had indeed seen the privates of his father to be naked, he reported it to his two brothers outside.

23  And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

23  And truly, Shem and Japheth put a cloak upon their arms, and, advancing backwards, covered the privates of their father. And their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s manhood.

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24  And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done unto him.

24  And Noe recovered from the wine, and knew all that his younger son had done to him.

24  Then Noah, awaking from the wine, when he had learned what his younger son had done to him,

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25  And he said: Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

25  he said, “Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants will he be to his brothers.”

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26  And he said: Blessed be YHWH, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be their servant.

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27  God enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be their servant.

27  May God make room for Japheth, and let him dwell in the habitations of Sem, and let Chanaan be his servant.

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28  And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.

29  And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.