January 3
Genesis 8:1 10:32


8  After that God remembered Noah and every wild beast and every domestic animal that was with him in the ark, and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters began to subside. 2 And the springs of the watery deep and the floodgates of the heavens became stopped up, and so the downpour from the heavens was restrained. 3 And the waters began receding from off the earth, progressively receding; and at the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters were lacking. 4 And in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters kept on progressively lessening until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.

      6 So it occurred that at the end of forty days Noah proceeded to open the window of the ark that he had made. 7 After that he sent out a raven, and it continued flying outdoors, going and returning, until the waters dried off the earth.

     8 Later he sent out from him a dove to see whether the waters had abated from the surface of the ground. 9 And the dove did not find any resting-place for the sole of its foot, and so it returned to him into the ark because the waters were yet upon the surface of the whole earth. At that he put his hand out and took it and brought it to himself inside the ark. 10 And he went on waiting still another seven days, and once again he sent out the dove from the ark. 11 Later on the dove came to him about the time of evening and, look! there was an olive leaf freshly plucked in its bill, and so Noah got to know that the waters had abated from the earth. 12 And he went on waiting still another seven days. Then he sent out the dove, but it did not come back again to him anymore.

     13 Now in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, it came about that the waters had drained from off the earth; and Noah proceeded to remove the covering of the ark and to look, and here the surface of the ground had drained dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried off.

     15 God now spoke to Noah, saying: 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Every living creature that is with you of every sort of flesh, among the flying creatures and among the beasts and among all the moving animals that move upon the earth, bring out with you, as they must swarm in the earth and be fruitful and become many upon the earth.”

     18 At that Noah went out, and also his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every living creature, every moving animal and every flying creature, everything that moves on the earth, according to their families they went out of the ark. 20 And Noah began to build an altar to Jehovah and to take some of all the clean beasts and of all the clean flying creatures and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar. 21 And Jehovah began to smell a restful odor, and so Jehovah said in his heart: “Never again shall I call down evil upon the ground on man’s account, because the inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up; and never again shall I deal every living thing a blow just as I have done. 22 For all the days the earth continues, seed sowing and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, will never cease.”

9And God went on to bless Noah and his sons and to say to them: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth. 2 And a fear of YOU and a terror of YOU will continue upon every living creature of the earth and upon every flying creature of the heavens, upon everything that goes moving on the ground, and upon all the fishes of the sea. Into YOUR hand they are now given. 3 Every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for YOU. As in the case of green vegetation, I do give it all to YOU. 4 Only flesh with its soul—its blood—YOU must not eat. 5 And, besides that, YOUR blood of YOUR souls shall I ask back. From the hand of every living creature shall I ask it back; and from the hand of man, from the hand of each one who is his brother, shall I ask back the soul of man. 6 Anyone shedding man’s blood, by man will his own blood be shed, for in God’s image he made man. 7 And as for YOU men, be fruitful and become many, make the earth swarm with YOU and become many in it.”

     8 And God went on to say to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “And as for me, here I am establishing my covenant with YOU men and with YOUR offspring after YOU, 10 and with every living soul that is with YOU, among fowls, among beasts and among all living creatures of the earth with YOU, from all those going out of the ark to every living creature of the earth. 11 Yes, I do establish my covenant with YOU: No more will all flesh be cut off by waters of a deluge, and no more will there occur a deluge to bring the earth to ruin.”

     12 And God added: “This is the sign of the covenant that I am giving between me and YOU and every living soul that is with YOU, for the generations to time indefinite. 13 My rainbow I do give in the cloud, and it must serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall occur that when I bring a cloud over the earth, then the rainbow will certainly appear in the cloud. 15 And I shall certainly remember my covenant which is between me and YOU and every living soul among all flesh; and no more will the waters become a deluge to bring all flesh to ruin. 16 And the rainbow must occur in the cloud, and I shall certainly see it to remember the covenant to time indefinite between God and every living soul among all flesh that is upon the earth.”

     17 And God repeated to Noah: “This is the sign of the covenant that I do establish between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”

     18 And Noah’s sons who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth. Later Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were Noah’s sons, and from these was all the earth’s population spread abroad.


     20 Now Noah started off as a farmer and proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 And he began drinking of the wine and became intoxicated, and so he uncovered himself in the midst of his tent. 22 Later Ham the father of Canaan saw his father’s nakedness and went telling it to his two brothers outside. 23 At that Shem and Japheth took a mantle and put it upon both their shoulders and walked in backwards. Thus they covered their father’s nakedness, while their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.

     24 Finally Noah awoke from his wine and got to know what his youngest son had done to him. 25 At this he said:

      “Cursed be Canaan.
      Let him become the lowest slave to his brothers.”
    
26 And he added:
      “Blessed be Jehovah, Shem’s God,
      And let Canaan become a slave to him.
    
27 Let God grant ample space to Japheth,
      And let him reside in the tents of Shem.
      Let Canaan become a slave to him also.”

     28 And Noah continued to live three hundred and fifty years after the deluge. 29 So all the days of Noah amounted to nine hundred and fifty years and he died.

10  And this is the history of Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.

     Now sons began to be born to them after the deluge. 2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras.
    
3 And the sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah.
    
4 And the sons of Javan were Elishah and Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanim.

     5 From these the population of the isles of the nations was spread about in their lands, each according to its tongue, according to their families, by their nations.
    
6 And the sons of Ham were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan.
    
7 And the sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca.
     And the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.

     8 And Cush became father to Nimrod. He made the start in becoming a mighty one in the earth. 9 He displayed himself a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah. That is why there is a saying: “Just like Nimrod a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah.” 10 And the beginning of his kingdom came to be Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11 Out of that land he went forth into Assyria and set himself to building Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah 12 and Resen between Nineveh and Calah: this is the great city.

     13 And Mizraim became father to Ludim and Anamim and Lehabim and Naphtuhim 14 and Pathrusim and Casluhim (from among whom the Philistines went forth) and Caphtorim.

     15 And Canaan became father to Sidon his firstborn 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; and afterward the families of the Canaanite were scattered. 19 So the boundary of the Canaanite came to be from Sidon as far as Gerar, near Gaza, as far as Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboiim, near Lasha. 20 These were the sons of Ham according to their families, according to their tongues, in their lands, by their nations.

     21 And to Shem, the forefather of all the sons of Eber, the brother of Japheth the oldest, there was also progeny born. 22 The sons of Shem were Elam and Asshur and Arpachshad and Lud and Aram.

     23 And the sons of Aram were Uz and Hul and Gether and Mash.
    
24 And Arpachshad became father to Shelah, and Shelah became father to Eber.
    
25 And to Eber there were two sons born. The name of the one was Peleg, because in his days the earth was divided; and the name of his brother was Joktan.
    
26 And Joktan became father to 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 place of dwelling came to extend from Mesha as far as Sephar, the mountainous region of the East.
    
31 These were the sons of Shem according to their families, according to their tongues, in their lands, according to their nations.

     32 These were the families of the sons of Noah according to their family descents, by their nations, and from these the nations were spread about in the earth after the deluge.