Genesis 9

God Confirms His Covenant
1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. 2 All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. 3 I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables. 4 But you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it.

5 “And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. 6 If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings[a] in his own image. 7 Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth.”

8 Then God told Noah and his sons, 9 “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants, 10 and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth. 11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.”

12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. 16 When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” 17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”

Noah’s Sons
18 The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) 19 From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth.

20 After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. 21 One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked.

24 When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. 25 Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham:

“May Canaan be cursed!
May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.”
26 Then Noah said,

“May the Lord, the God of Shem, be blessed,
and may Canaan be his servant!
27 May God expand the territory of Japheth!
May Japheth share the prosperity of Shem,[b]
and may Canaan be his servant.”
28 Noah lived another 350 years after the great flood. 29 He lived 950 years, and then he died.


9:6 Or man; Hebrew reads ha-adam.
9:27 Hebrew May he live in the tents of Shem.

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7 thoughts on “Genesis 9 Daily Bible Reading with Paul Nison

  1. Are you trying to say that Abel raised sheep and didn’t eat of the flock … come on Paul, that makes absolutely no sense. What value was Abel’s sacrifice then to take of the best of the herd??? Maybe you’re a vegan, but I’m a meat eater and see nothing in the law wrong with it. Nothing wrong with veggies, but eating of the clean animals is a blessing to me.

  2. 2nd thought, YHWH SUSPENDED the eating of meat to keep the animals alive for the purpose of repopulation, so it makes sense while in the Ark and for a time he’d tell Noah and family not to eat meat … lives were shortened due to increased solar radiation. That’s what I get from the Scriptures … please quote where I’m wrong.

    • Makes sense. Because if they were introduced to meat prior, they would had to deal with the temptation of killing the animals for meat whilst on the ark. YAH couldnt run that risk, thence the suspension. Fascinating! I never looked at it that way.

  3. I think what happened between ham and his father was pretty straight forward. I really don’t like when people make far fetched assumptions. Ham saw his dad drunk and naked, which is am embarrassment for Noah. To make it worse, Ham went to his brothers to ridicule his father. This act is disrespectful. When Noah learned of this, prolly his wife or one of the other wives told him, he angrily cursed him. No need to make perverted assumptions on the matter.
    About Noah. How can he not know that the “grape juice” doesn’t taste the same. He should feel uneasynat some point and would therefore stop drinking it. He knew what he was doing. But why should we be surprised? He is prolly stressed out! As the “leader” he had a lot of responsibilities, even in his old age. So, I am not surprised that he decided to drink some wine.

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