1God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
2The fear of you and the dread of you will come upon every animal of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens. Everything that the ground teems with and all the fish of the sea are given into your hand.
3Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. As the green herb, I have given everything to you.
4But flesh with its life, its blood, you must not eat.
5I 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 the blood of man, by man is his blood to be shed, for God made man in his own image.
8God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,
9“As for me, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seeda after you,
10and with every living soul 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.
11I will establish my covenant with you, all flesh will not be cut off any more by the waters of the flood, nor will there ever again be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12God said, “This is the token of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living soul that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth.
14It will happen when I bring a cloud over the earth that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud,
15and I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living soul of all flesh; and the waters will no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16The rainbow will be in the cloud. I will look at it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living soul of all flesh that is on the earth.”
17God said to Noah, “This is the token of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
18The sons of Noah who went out from the ship were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham is the father of Canaan.
19These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.
20Noah began to be a farmer, and planted a vineyard.
21He drank of the wine and got drunk. He was uncovered inside his tent.
22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside.
23Shem and Japheth took a cloak and laid it on both their shoulders, went in backwards, and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were backwards, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
24Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him.
25He said, “Cursed be Canaan; he will be a servant of servants to his brothers.”
26He said, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Shem. Let Canaan be his servant.
27May God enlarge Japheth. Let him dwell in the tents of Shem. Let Canaan be his servant.”