Genesis 8-11 World English Bible

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8 1  God remembered Noah, all the animals, and all the livestock that were with him in the ship; and God made a wind to pass over the earth. The waters subsided. 2  The deep’s fountains and the sky’s windows were also stopped, and the rain from the sky was restrained. 3  The waters receded from the earth continually. After the end of one hundred fifty days the waters decreased.

4  The ship rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on Ararat’s mountains. 5  The waters receded continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

6  It happened at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ship which he had made, 7  and he sent forth a raven. It went back and forth, until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8  He sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from the surface of the ground, 9  but the dove found no place to rest her foot, and she returned to him into the ship; for the waters were on the surface of the whole earth. He put forth his hand, and took her, and brought her to him into the ship. 10  He stayed yet another seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ship. 11  The dove came back to him at evening, and, behold, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off. So Noah knew that the waters were abated from the earth. 12  He stayed yet another seven days, and sent forth the dove; and she didn’t return to him any more.

13  It happened in the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth. Noah removed the covering of the ship, and looked. He saw that the surface of the ground was dried. 14  In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

15  God spoke to Noah, saying, 16  “Go out of the ship, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. 17  Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh, including birds, livestock, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply on the earth.” 18  Noah went forth, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives with him. 19  Every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, whatever moves on the earth, after their families, went out of the ship.

20  Noah built an altar to Yahweh, and took of every clean animal, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21  Yahweh smelled the pleasant aroma. Yahweh said in his heart, “I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake, because the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again strike everything living, as I have done. 22  While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

God's Covenant with Noah

9 1  God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 2  The fear of you and the dread of you will be on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the sky. Everything that the ground teems with, and all the fish of the sea are delivered into your hand. 3  Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. As the green herb, I have given everything to you. 4  But flesh with its life, its blood, you shall not eat. 5  I 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 man’s blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in his own image. 7  Be fruitful and multiply. Bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply in it.”

8  God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, 9  “As for me, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you, 10  and with every living creature 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. 11  I will establish my covenant with you: all flesh will not be cut off any more by the waters of the flood, neither will there ever again be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12  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 set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth. 14  It will happen, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow will 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 will no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16  The rainbow will be in the cloud. I will look at it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17  God said to Noah, “This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Noah's Drunkenness

18  The sons of Noah who went forth from the ship were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham is the father of Canaan. 19  These three were the sons of Noah, and from these, the whole earth was populated. 20  Noah began to be a farmer, and planted a vineyard. 21  He drank of the wine and got drunk. He was uncovered within his tent. 22  Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23  Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it on both their shoulders, went in backwards, and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were backwards, and they didn’t see their father’s nakedness.

24  Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done to him. 25  He said,

“Canaan is cursed.
He will be servant of servants to his brothers.” 26  He said,

“Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Shem.
Let Canaan be his servant. 27  May God enlarge Japheth.
Let him dwell in the tents of Shem.
Let Canaan be his servant.”

28  Noah lived three hundred fifty years after the flood. 29  All the days of Noah were nine hundred fifty years, then he died.

The Descendants of the Sons of Noah

10 1  Now this is the history of the generations of the sons of Noah and of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood. 2  The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 3  The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 4  The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5  Of these were the islands of the nations divided in their lands, everyone after his language, after their families, in their nations.

6  The sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 7  The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 8  Cush became the father of Nimrod. He began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9  He was a mighty hunter before Yahweh. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before Yahweh.” 10  The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11  Out of that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, 12  and Resen between Nineveh and Calah (the same is the great city). 13  Mizraim became the father of Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 14  Pathrusim, Casluhim (which the Philistines descended from), and Caphtorim.

15  Canaan became the father of Sidon (his firstborn), Heth, 16  the Jebusite, the Amorite, the Girgashite, 17  the Hivite, the Arkite, the Sinite, 18  the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. Afterward the families of the Canaanites were spread abroad. 19  The border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as you go toward Gerar, to Gaza; as you go toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, to Lasha. 20  These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, in their nations.

21  To Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, to him also were children born. 22  The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. 23  The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. 24  Arpachshad became the father of Shelah. Shelah became the father of Eber. 25  To Eber were born two sons. The name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided. His brother’s name was Joktan. 26  Joktan became the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27  Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28  Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29  Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan. 30  Their dwelling was from Mesha, as you go toward Sephar, the mountain of the east. 31  These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, after their nations. 32  These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations. Of these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

The Tower of Babel

11 1  The whole earth was of one language and of one speech. 2  It happened, as they traveled east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there. 3  They said one to another, “Come, let’s make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. 4  They said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth.”

5  Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. 6  Yahweh said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do. 7  Come, let’s go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8  So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city. 9  Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.

The Descendants of Shem

10  This is the history of the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood. 11  Shem lived five hundred years after he became the father of Arpachshad, and became the father of sons and daughters. 12  Arpachshad lived thirty-five years and became the father of Shelah. 13  Arpachshad lived four hundred three years after he became the father of Shelah, and became the father of sons and daughters. 14  Shelah lived thirty years, and became the father of Eber: 15  and Shelah lived four hundred three years after he became the father of Eber, and became the father of sons and daughters. 16  Eber lived thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg. 17  Eber lived four hundred thirty years after he became the father of Peleg, and became the father of sons and daughters. 18  Peleg lived thirty years, and became the father of Reu. 19  Peleg lived two hundred nine years after he became the father of Reu, and became the father of sons and daughters. 20  Reu lived thirty-two years, and became the father of Serug. 21  Reu lived two hundred seven years after he became the father of Serug, and became the father of sons and daughters. 22  Serug lived thirty years, and became the father of Nahor. 23  Serug lived two hundred years after he became the father of Nahor, and became the father of sons and daughters. 24  Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and became the father of Terah. 25  Nahor lived one hundred nineteen years after he became the father of Terah, and became the father of sons and daughters. 26  Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

The Descendants of Terah

27  Now this is the history of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran became the father of Lot. 28  Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldees. 29  Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran who was also the father of Iscah. 30  Sarai was barren. She had no child. 31  Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife. They went forth from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there. 32  The days of Terah were two hundred five years. Terah died in Haran.

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