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Genesis 9

1 - God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth.
2 - The fear of you and the dread of you will be on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the sky. Everything that moves along the ground, and all the fish of the sea, are delivered into your hand.
3 - Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. As I gave you the green herb, I have given everything to you.
4 - But flesh with its life, that is, its blood, you shall not eat.
5 - I will surely require your blood of your lives; at the hand of every animal I will require it. At the hand of man, even at the hand of every man's brother, I will require the life of man.
6 - Whoever sheds man's blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in his own image.
7 - Be fruitful and multiply. Increase abundantly in the earth, and multiply in it."
8 - God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,
9 - "As for me, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you,
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 go out of the ship, even every animal of the earth.
11 - I will establish my covenant with you: All flesh will not be cut off any more by the waters of the flood. There will never again be a flood to destroy the earth."
12 - 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:
13 - I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be a sign of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 - When I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud,
15 - and 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.
16 - The rainbow will be in the cloud. I will look at it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
17 - God said to Noah, "This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."
18 - The sons of Noah who went out from the ship were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 - These three were the sons of Noah, and from these, the whole earth was populated.
20 - Noah began to be a farmer, and planted a vineyard.
21 - He drank of the wine and got drunk. He was uncovered within his tent.
22 - Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
23 - Shem 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 backwards, and they didn't see their father's nakedness.
24 - Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done to him.
25 - He said,"Canaan is cursed.He will be a servant of servants to his brothers."
26 - He said,"Blessed be The LORD, the God of Shem.Let Canaan be his servant.
27 - May God enlarge Japheth.Let him dwell in the tents of Shem.Let Canaan be his servant."
28 - Noah lived three hundred fifty years after the flood.
29 - All the days of Noah were nine hundred fifty years, and then he died.
Genesis 9 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Noah and his sons are commanded to multiply and fill the whole earth, man is given dominion over all living things, the death penalty is decreed for murder, God promises that he will never again destroy the earth by water, Canaan is cursed, and Shem and Japheth are blessed.

Genesis Chapter 9

Genesis 9:16 - 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.

God's Covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:1-19)
Noah's Prophecy Concerning the Nations (Genesis 9:20-29)

1 God Blesseth Noah
4 Blood And Murder Are Forbidden
8 God's Covenant
13 Signified By The Rainbow
18 Noah Replenisheth The World,
20 Planteth A Vineyard
21 Is Drunken And Mocked By His Son
25 Curseth Canaan
26 Blesseth Shem
27 Prayeth For Japheth
29 And Dieth

Topics for Bible Study

God Blessses Noah
God Blesses Noah's Sons
The Fear of Man on Every Beast
Man is Given Meat for Food
The Blood is Set Apart
Murder is Punishable by Death
God Made Man in His Image
God's Covenant with Noah
The Rainbow as a Token
Noah Planted a Vineyard
Noah's Nakedness
Canaan's Curse
Shem is Blessed
Japheth is Enlarged
Noah Dies at 950

Map of the Table of Nations

Noah's Ark Resting with Dove Returning - Gustave Dore
Painting of Noah's Ark Resting with Dove Returning - Gustave Dore

Genesis 9:20-21 And Noah began [to be] an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken...


Hittite God Bearing Grapes

Hittite Fertility God Holding Grapes

This rock cut relief from Ivriz, Turkey depicts a Hittite fertility god holding a bunch of grapes. Vineyards and wine was very abundant in the ancient Anatolian culture around Turkey. Ancient cultures often saw wine from their vineyards as a blessing from the fertility gods. In fact in the ancient Hittite culture wine was a libation offering to please the gods.

Quick Reference Map
Quick Reference Map of the Descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth
Map of the Descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Click to Enlarge)

The Old Testament

The Old Testament

Genesis Resources

Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt