Genesis 8-11 Bible in Basic English

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8 1  And God kept Noah in mind, and all the living things and the cattle which were with him in the ark: and God sent a wind over the earth, and the waters went down. 2  And the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were shut, and the rain from heaven was stopped. 3  And the waters went slowly back from the earth, and at the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters were lower.

4  And on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5  And still the waters went on falling, till on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were seen.

6  Then, after forty days, through the open window of the ark which he had made, 7  Noah sent out a raven, which went this way and that till the waters were gone from the earth. 8  And he sent out a dove, to see if the waters had gone from the face of the earth; 9  But the dove saw no resting-place for her foot, and came back to the ark, for the waters were still over all the earth; and he put out his hand, and took her into the ark. 10  And after waiting another seven days, he sent the dove out again; 11  And the dove came back at evening, and in her mouth was an olive-leaf broken off: so Noah was certain that the waters had gone down on the earth. 12  And after seven days more, he sent the dove out again, but she did not come back to him.

13  And in the six hundred and first year, on the first day of the first month, the waters were dry on the earth: and Noah took the cover off the ark and saw that the face of the earth was dry. 14  And on the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was dry.

15  And God said to Noah, 16  Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons' wives. 17  Take out with you every living thing which is with you, birds and cattle and everything which goes on the earth, so that they may have offspring and be fertile and be increased on the earth. 18  And Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives; 19  And every beast and bird and every living thing of every sort which goes on the earth, went out of the ark.

20  And Noah made an altar to the Lord, and from every clean beast and bird he made burned offerings on the altar. 21  And when the sweet smell came up to the Lord, he said in his heart, I will not again put a curse on the earth because of man, for the thoughts of man's heart are evil from his earliest days; never again will I send destruction on all living things as I have done. 22  While the earth goes on, seed time and the getting in of the grain, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will not come to an end.

God's Covenant with Noah

9 1  And God gave his blessing to Noah and his sons, and said, Be fertile, and have increase, and make the earth full. 2  And the fear of you will be strong in every beast of the earth and every bird of the air; everything which goes on the land, and all the fishes of the sea, are given into your hands. 3  Every living and moving thing will be food for you; I give them all to you as before I gave you all green things. 4  But flesh with the life-blood in it you may not take for food. 5  And for your blood, which is your life, will I take payment; from every beast I will take it, and from every man will I take payment for the blood of his brother-man. 6  Whoever takes a man's life, by man will his life be taken; because God made man in his image. 7  And now, be fertile and have increase; have offspring on the earth and become great in number.

8  And God said to Noah and to his sons, 9  Truly, I will make my agreement with you and with your seed after you, 10  And with every living thing with you, all birds and cattle and every beast of the earth which comes out of the ark with you. 11  And I will make my agreement with you; never again will all flesh be cut off by the waters; never again will the waters come over all the earth for its destruction.

12  And God said, This is the sign of the agreement which I make between me and you and every living thing with you, for all future generations: 13  I will put my bow in the cloud and it will be for a sign of the agreement between me and the earth. 14  And whenever I make a cloud come over the earth, the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15  And I will keep in mind the agreement between me and you and every living thing; and never again will there be a great flow of waters causing destruction to all flesh. 16  And the bow will be in the cloud, and looking on it, I will keep in mind the eternal agreement between God and every living thing on the earth. 17  And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the agreement which I have made between me and all flesh on the earth.

Noah's Drunkenness

18  And the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19  These three were the sons of Noah and from them all the earth was peopled. 20  In those days Noah became a farmer, and he made a vine-garden. 21  And he took of the wine of it and was overcome by drink; and he was uncovered in his tent. 22  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father unclothed, and gave news of it to his two brothers outside. 23  And Shem and Japheth took a robe, and putting it on their backs went in with their faces turned away, and put it over their father so that they might not see him unclothed.

24  And, awaking from his wine, Noah saw what his youngest son had done to him, and he said, 25  Cursed be Canaan; let him be a servant of servants to his brothers. 26  And he said, Praise to the Lord, the God of Shem; let Canaan be his servant. 27  May God make Japheth great, and let his living-place be in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.

28  And Noah went on living three hundred and fifty years after the great flow of waters; 29  all the years of his life were nine hundred and fifty: and he came to his end.

The Descendants of the Sons of Noah

10 1  Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: these are the sons which they had after the great flow of waters 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, the Kittim and the Dodanim. 5  From these came the nations of the sea-lands, with their different families and languages.

6  And the sons of Ham: Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan. 7  And the sons of Cush: Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 8  And Cush was the father of Nimrod, who was the first of the great men of the earth. 9  He was a very great bowman, so that there is a saying, Like Nimrod, a very great bowman. 10  And at the first, his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11  From that land he went out into Assyria, building Nineveh with its wide streets and Calah, 12  And Resen between Nineveh and Calah, which is a very great town. 13  And Mizraim was the father of the Ludim and Anamim and Lehabim and Naphtuhim; 14  And Pathrusim and Casluhim and Caphtorim, from whom came the Philistines.

15  And Canaan was the father of Zidon, who was his oldest son, and Heth, 16  And the Jebusite and the Amorite and the Girgashite, 17  And the Hivite and the Arkite and the Sinite, 18  And the Arvadite and the Zemarite and the Hamathite; after that the families of the Canaanites went far and wide in all directions; 19  Their country stretching from Zidon to Gaza, in the direction of Gerar; and to Lasha, in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboiim. 20  All these, with their different families, languages, lands, and nations, are the offspring of Ham.

21  And Shem, the older brother of Japheth, the father of the children of Eber, had other sons in addition. 22  These are the sons of Shem: Elam and Asshur and Arpachshad and Lud and Aram. 23  And the sons of Aram: Uz and Hul and Gether and Mash. 24  And Arpachshad became the father of Shelah; and Shelah became the father of Eber. 25  And Eber had two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, because in his time the peoples of the earth became separate; and his brother's name was Joktan. 26  And Joktan was the father of Almodad and Sheleph and Hazarmaveth 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 country was from Mesha, in the direction of Sephar, the mountain of the east. 31  These, with their families and their languages and their lands and their nations, are the offspring of Shem. 32  These are the families of the sons of Noah, in the order of their generations and their nations: from these came all the nations of the earth after the great flow of waters.

The Tower of Babel

11 1  And all the earth had one language and one tongue. 2  And it came about that in their wandering from the east, they came to a stretch of flat country in the land of Shinar, and there they made their living-place. 3  And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks, burning them well. And they had bricks for stone, putting them together with sticky earth. 4  And they said, Come, let us make a town, and a tower whose top will go up as high as heaven; and let us make a great name for ourselves, so that we may not be wanderers over the face of the earth.

5  And the Lord came down to see the town and the tower which the children of men were building. 6  And the Lord said, See, they are all one people and have all one language; and this is only the start of what they may do: and now it will not be possible to keep them from any purpose of theirs. 7  Come, let us go down and take away the sense of their language, so that they will not be able to make themselves clear to one another. 8  So the Lord God sent them away into every part of the earth: and they gave up building their town. 9  So it was named Babel, because there the Lord took away the sense of all languages and from there the Lord sent them away over all the face of the earth.

The Descendants of Shem

10  These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old when he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the great flow of waters; 11  And after the birth of Arpachshad, Shem went on living for five hundred years, and had sons and daughters: 12  And Arpachshad was thirty-five years old when he became the father of Shelah: 13  And after the birth of Shelah, Arpachshad went on living for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters: 14  And Shelah was thirty years old when he became the father of Eber: 15  And after the birth of Eber, Shelah went on living for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters: 16  And Eber was thirty-four years old when he became the father of Peleg: 17  And after the birth of Peleg, Eber went on living for four hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters: 18  And Peleg was thirty years old when he became the father of Reu: 19  And after the birth of Reu, Peleg went on living for two hundred and nine years, and had sons and daughters: 20  And Reu was thirty-two years old when he became the father of Serug: 21  And after the birth of Serug, Reu went on living for two hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters: 22  And Serug was thirty years old when he became the father of Nahor: 23  And after the birth of Nahor, Serug went on living for two hundred years, and had sons and daughters: 24  And Nahor was twenty-nine years old when he became the father of Terah: 25  And after the birth of Terah, Nahor went on living for a hundred and nineteen years, and had sons and daughters: 26  And Terah was seventy years old when he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

The Descendants of Terah

27  These are the generations of Terah: Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. 28  And death came to Haran when he was with his father Terah in the land of his birth, Ur of the Chaldees. 29  And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30  And Sarai had no child. 31  And Terah took Abram, his son, and Lot, the son of Haran, and Sarai, his daughter-in-law, the wife of his son Abram and they went out from Ur of the Chaldees, to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran, and were there for some time. 32  And all the years of Terah's life were two hundred and five: and Terah came to his end in Haran.

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