The Holy Bible: Genesis 6-10

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Chapters 6-10

Noah’ Ark

6[1-3] Then there began to be many more people on the earth, and daughters were born to the human beings. The fallen angels of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and took any they wanted as their wives. Then Yahweh said, “My Spirit will not always try to save human beings. Since their first wrongdoing, they only want to do what’s pleasurable to their bodies, so they’ll live no more than 120 years.”

[4-6] These giant fallen angels lived on the earth in those days, and even afterwards, whenever they had sex with women, they gave birth to children who became the giant warriors who were well known since ancient times. Then Yahweh saw how great the evil of humanity was on the earth, seeing that everything they thought or imagined was only evil. So Yahweh was sorry for making human beings on the earth and God’s heart was greatly saddened.

[7-8] So Yahweh said, “I’ll wipe this human race that I have created from off the face of the earth. Yes, and I’ll destroy every living thing, from the people to the animals, to the small animals that run around in the land, and even to the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Yahweh saw that Noah was good, and had grace for him.

[9-13] This is the story of Noah and his family. Noah was a good man, the only decent person living on earth at that time, who kept on walking with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now God saw that the earth had become evil and was filled with violence. And God looked at the earth and saw that it had become evil, for everything on earth had changed to an evil way. So God said to Noah, “I see the end of all living creatures, and the earth is filled with violence because of them. Look, I’ll destroy them all, along with the earth!

[14-16] “Build a large boat from cypress wood, and make rooms in it, and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. And this is how you’ll do it. Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Leave an 18’’ opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on its side, and build three decks inside, a lower, middle, and upper deck.

17-22 “Look! I am going send waters to flood the earth to destroy every living thing that breathes under heaven. Everything on earth will die. But I’ll make a promise with you, when you go into the boat, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring a pair of every kind of animal, a male and a female, into the boat with you to keep them alive. Birds after their kind, and tame animals after their kind, and every small animal that runs through the land after their kind, two of each kind will come to you to be kept alive. And gather every kind of food that is eaten, which will be food for your family and for all the animals.” So Noah did everything fair as God had told him to do.

The Flood

7[1-6] Then Yahweh said to Noah, “Come into the boat with all your family, for you alone are good among all the people who live on the earth. Take with you seven pairs, a male and female, of each animal I have approved for eating and for sacrifice, and take one pair of each of the other animals. Also take seven pairs of every kind of bird, a male and a female, so that they’ll have young ones on the earth after the flood. In seven more days I’ll send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, until I have wiped from the face of the earth all the living things I have made.” So Noah did everything fair as Yahweh told him. And Noah was 600 years old when the flood came on the earth.

[7-12] So Noah went in the boat to escape the flood, he and his wife and his sons and their wives. All kinds of animals, those approved for eating and for sacrifice and those that were not, along with all the birds and the small animals that run around in the land entered the boat in pairs, male and female, fair as God had commanded Noah. After seven days, the waters of the flood came and covered the earth. So when Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground stores of water burst open from the earth, and all the stores of water from the heavens were opened up. And it poured rain for forty days and forty nights.

[13-16] On that very day that Noah had gone into the boat with his wife and his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives, Yahweh closed the door of the boat. They went in, along with every tame animal after its kind, every wild animal after its kind, every small animal that runs through the land after its kind, and every bird with wings after its kind. And they came in two by two to Noah in the boat, of every living thing that breathes. A male and female pair of each kind went in, fair as God had told Noah. Then Yahweh closed the door for Noah.

[17-24] The rain lasted for forty days, so as the waters kept rising higher, it covered the ground and lifted the boat up off the earth. As the waters kept rising higher on the earth, the boat floated on the surface of the water. The water covered the highest mountains on the earth by more than twenty-two feet. Every living thing on earth, all the birds, the tame animals, the wild animals, the small animals that run around in the land, and all the people died. Every living thing that breathed and lived on dry land died. So God wiped out every living thing on the earth, all the people, the tame animals, the small animals that run around in the land, and the birds of the sky. Everything was wiped out. Only Noah and those with him in the boat were left. And the waters covered the earth for 150 days.

The Flood Dries Up

8[1-5] And God thought about Noah and all the wild animals and tame animals that were with him in the boat and sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the waters began to dry up. The underground waters closed up, and the rains from the sky stopped falling, so the waters began to dry up from the earth. After 150 days, the waters were going down.  On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters kept going down until the first day of the tenth month, when the other mountain peaks became visible.

[6-14] After forty more days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boat and let out a raven, which flew back and forth until the floodwaters on the earth had dried up. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had dried up enough to find dry ground. But the dove couldn’t find a place to land because the water still covered the ground. So the dove came back to the boat, and Noah held out his hand to bring it back inside. After waiting another seven days, Noah sent out the dove again. The dove came back to him in the evening with an olive leaf torn off in its beak, so Noah knew that the waters were dried up from off the earth. He waited another seven days and then sent the dove out again and it didn’t come back anymore. In Noah’s 601 year, on the first day of the new year, the waters were almost dried up from the earth. Noah turned back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. In the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was finally dry!

[15-19] Then God said to Noah, “Go out of the boat, you and your wife, and your sons and their wives. Let out all the animals that are with you, the birds, the tame animals, and the small animals that run around in the land, so they can make more of their own kind, and make many more to live throughout the earth.” So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat. And all of the large and small animals and all the birds, every living thing after their families, came out of the boat.

[20-22] Then Noah built an altar to Yahweh, where he sacrificed one of each kind of the animals and birds that had been approved for sacrifices as burnt offerings to rise up from the alter. And Yahweh smelled the sweet smell of the sacrifice and said, “I’ll never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is evil from their childhood, and I’ll never again destroy all living things. As long as the earth is here, there will be planting time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

God Makes a Promise

9[1-4] Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Create more of your own kind and make many more people to fill the earth. All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that run around in the land, and all the fish in the sea will fear and run from you. I give them all to you to be in your control. I have given them all to you for food, fair as I have given you the green plants. Only meat that still has its blood in it, you may not eat.

[5-7] “And I’ll only require your death if you take another person’s life. If an animal kills a human being, I’ll require its death, and if a person kills another human being, I’ll require their death. If anyone takes another human life, that person’s life must also be taken by human hands, because human beings were made in the likeness of God. Now create more of your own kind and make many more people to fill the earth.”

[8-17] Then God told Noah and his sons, “I am making My promise with you and your descendants, and with all the animals that were on the boat with you, the birds, the tame animals, and all the wild animals, from all that went out of the boat to every living creature on earth. So I am making My promise with you, that I’ll never again kill all living creatures with a flood; and never again will a flood destroy the earth.” Then God said, “I am giving you the sign of my promise I am making with you and with all living creatures, and for all the peoples to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds, which is the sign of my promise with you and with all the earth. When I send a cloud over the earth, and the rainbow is seen in the cloud, I’ll remember my promise with you and with all living creatures, and never again will a flood destroy all living things. When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I’ll remember the eternal promise between God and every living creature on earth.” Then God said to Noah, “This rainbow is the sign of the promise I have made between Me and every living creature on the earth.”

Noah’s Sons

[18-23] The sons of Noah who came out of the boat were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) From these three sons of Noah came all the people who are on the earth. Then Noah began to farm the earth again, and he planted a vineyard. When he drank some wine, he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent. Then Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his two brothers. So Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover up their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked.

[24-29] When Noah woke up from his drunkenness, he found out what Ham, his youngest son, had done. Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham, saying, “May the descendants of Canaan be cursed! May they be the lowest of servants to all their relatives.” Then Noah said, “May Yahweh, my God bless Shem, and may Canaan be his servant! May God increase the beauty of Japheth! May Japheth live in shadow of Shem, and may Canaan be his servant.” Then Noah lived another 350 years after the great flood. He lived 950 years in all, and then died.

The Descendants of Noah

10[1] This is the story of the families of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the three sons of Noah. Many children were born to them after the great flood.

Descendants of Japheth

[2-5] The descendants of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The descendants of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. The descendants of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim. Their descendants became the island peoples that spread out to various lands, each identified by its own language, family, and nation.

Descendants of Ham

[6-12] The descendants of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. The descendants of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The descendants of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. Cush was also the ancestor of Nimrod, who was famous on earth. He was a great hunter blessed by Yahweh, which is why people would say someone was, “Like Nimrod, the great hunter blessed by Yahweh.” He started to build his kingdom in the land of Babel, with the cities of Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh. From that land he went to Assyria, building the cities of Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah, and Resen (the great city between Nineveh and Calah).

[13-20] Mizraim was the ancestor of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, Pathrusites, Casluhites, and the Caphtorites, from whom the Philistines came. Canaan’s oldest son was Sidon, the ancestor of the Sidonians. Canaan was also the father of Heth, the ancestor of the Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. The Canaanite families eventually spread out, and the land of Canaan extended from Sidon in the north to Gerar and Gaza in the south, and east as far as Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, near Lasha. These were the descendants of Ham, identified by their families, language, land, and nation.

Descendants of Shem

[21-25] Sons were also born to Shem, the older brother of Japheth. Shem was the ancestor of all the descendants of Eber. The descendants of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram. The descendants of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, and Shelah was the father of Eber. Eber had two sons. The first was named Peleg (which means “division”), for during his lifetime the earth was divided. His brother’s name was Joktan.

[26-31] Joktan was the ancestor of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were descendants of Joktan. Their land extended from Mesha all the way to Sephar in the eastern mountains. These were the descendants of Shem, identified by family, language, land, and nation.

[32] These are the families that descended from Noah’s sons, arranged by nation according to their lines of descent. All the nations of the earth descended from these families after the great flood.


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