1 GodI blessedII NoahIII and his sons,IV
and said to them, “Be fruitfulV and multiply,VI and fillVII the earth.VIII
2 The fearIX and dreadX of you shall restXI on every animalXII of the earth,
and on every birdXIII of the air,XIV on everything that creepsXV on the ground,XVI
and on all the fishXVII of the sea;XVIII into your handXIX they are delivered.XX
3 Every moving thingXXI that livesXXII shall beXXIII foodXXIV for you;
and just as I gaveXXV you the greenXXVI plants,XXVII I give you everything.
4 Only, you shall not eatXXVIII fleshXXIX with its life,XXX that is, its blood.XXXI
5 For your own lifebloodXXXII I will surely require a reckoning:XXXIII fromXXXIV every animal I will require it
and fromXXXV human beings,XXXVI, XXXVII each oneXXXVIII for the blood of another,XXXIX I will require a reckoning for human life.
6 Whoever shedsXL the blood of a human,
by a human shall that person’s blood be shed;
for in his own imageXLI
God madeXLII humankind.
7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, aboundXLIII on the earth and multiply in it.”
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “As for me,XLIV I am establishingXLV my covenantXLVI with you and your descendantsXLVII after you,
10 and with every livingXLVIII creatureXLIX that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals,L and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.LI, LII
11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut offLIII by the watersLIV of a flood,LV and never again shall there be a flood to destroyLVI the earth.”
12 God said, “This is the signLVII of the covenant that I makeLVIII between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all futureLIX generations:LX
13 I have setLXI my bowLXII in the clouds,LXIII and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
14 LXIVWhen I bringLXV clouds over the earth and the bow is seenLXVI in the clouds, 15 I will rememberLXVII my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlastingLXVIII covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
18 The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem,LXIX Ham,LXX and Japheth.LXXI
Ham was the fatherLXXII of Canaan.LXXIII 19 These threeLXXIV were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was peopled.LXXV
20 Noah, a manLXXVI of the soil,LXXVII was the firstLXXVIII to plantLXXIX a vineyard.LXXX
21 He drankLXXXI some of the wineLXXXII and became drunk,LXXXIII
and he lay uncoveredLXXXIV inLXXXV his tent.LXXXVI
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakednessLXXXVII of his father, and toldLXXXVIII his twoLXXXIX brothers outside.XC
23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment,XCI laidXCII it on bothXCIII their shoulders,XCIV
and walkedXCV backwardXCVI and coveredXCVII the nakedness of their father; their facesXCVIII were turned away,XCIX and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knewC what his youngestCI son had doneCII to him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
lowest of slavesCIII shall he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Blessed by the LordCIV my God be Shem;
and let Canaan be his slave.
27 May God make spaceCV for Japheth,
and let him liveCVI in the tents of Shem;
and let Canaan be his slave.”
28 After the flood Noah livedCVII three hundred fifty years. 29 All the days of Noah were nineCVIII hundred fifty years; and he died.CIX
Image credit: “Incredible low-arch rainbow with supernumeraries (panorama)” by Melinda King, 2012.