1: And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 2: 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, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 3: Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4: But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. 5: 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; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. 6: Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. 7: And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. 8: And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9: And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10: And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast 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 a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 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: 13: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14: And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall 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 shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 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.
18: And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19: These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. 20: And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22: And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 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. 24: And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 25: And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26: And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 27: God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 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.
D The Tower of Babel
1: Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. 2: The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. 3: And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. 4: And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5: By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. 6: And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. 7: And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. 8: And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9: He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. 10: And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11: Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, 12: And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city. 13: And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, 14: And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim. 15: And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, 16: And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, 17: And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 18: And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. 19: And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha. 20: These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations. 21: Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born. 22: The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram. 23: And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash. 24: And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber. 25: And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan. 26: And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazar-maveth, and Jerah, 27: And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah, 28: And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba, 29: And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan. 30: And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east. 31: These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations. 32: These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
The flood had been on the earth for a year and ten days. (370 days) The next thing that God does is to bless Noah. The Lord gives substantially the same command as Adam had in the beginning. He and his sons are to be fruitful and to multiply and replenish the earth. However the Lord explains that now there will be a different relationship between all the animals, fish birds and man. They will be afraid of man. This is because mankind are now going to be allowed for the first time to eat meat. The world had been for nearly 2000 years vegetarian. However God also made a specific stipulation which is that the blood of the creatures is to be drained away and not drunk. This law still stands today. The next thing that Gods says is that men are now communally responsible to the Lord to enact judgment on criminals and the justice is to be fair and not excessive. Murders are to be executed on behalf of the Lord. This was the beginning of civil government. Then the Lord said l will establish a covenant with you and all your seed after you. This covenant still stands today and wherever human beings are alive. This covenant included all of Gods creatures. God promised that there would never be a worldwide flood of water again. Then the Lord said l will put the rain bow in the clouds and whenever God sees it, he will remember his promise. Noah and his family left the ark. The next major incident was the occasion when Noah planted a vineyard and became drunk. Noah was naked in his tent and Ham saw him naked and told his brothers. They took a garment and covered themselves with it and walked backward to cover their Father. When Noah woke he knew what his son Ham had done so he cursed his grandson, saying that he would be a servant of servants. And he blessed the Lord God of Shem and declared that the Canaanites would serve. Noah lived another 350 years. He died at 950 years – two years before the birth of Abraham. The next chapter begins with one of the divisions of Genesis – ‘these are the generations of’. This time these are the generations of Noah. And so we have the ‘List of Nations’ which descend from Noah’s sons.
The sons of Japheth;
Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, Tiras.
The sons of Gomer;
Ashkenaz, Riphath, Togarmah.
The sons of Javan;
Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, Dodanim.
Moses explains that these families constituted the nations of the Gentiles in their lands and each had a separate language - after their families, in their nations.
The sons of Ham
Cush, Mizraim, Phut, Canaan.
The sons of Cush;
Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, Sabtecha
The sons of Raamah;
[Then Moses digresses to explain that Cush was the father of Nimrod and that he was a mighty man and a hunter (after the souls of men. A rival to the Lord.) His kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, Calneh, in the land of Shinar. (Iraq) from this land came Asshur, (The Assyrian) who built Nineveh, Rehoboth, Calah, Resen.]
The sons of Mizraim was
Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim, (who was the father of the Philistines,)
The sons of Canaan was
Sidon, Heth, Jebusite, Amorite, Girgasite, Hivite, Arkite, Sinite, Arvadite, Zemarite, Hamathite
These were the tribes of Canaan.
[They lived in Palestine.
Sidon, Gerar, Gaza; Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim, Lasha.]
The sons of Shem
The grandchildren of Shem;
Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, Aram.
The children of Aram;
Uz, Hul, Gether, Mash.
The children of Arphaxad
Peleg; [In his day the earth was divided. We do not know what this means but it is likely that we are talking
about the creation of the continents]
The children of Joktan.
Almodad, Sheleph, Hazar-maveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, Jobab
They lived from Mesha unto Sephar.