6:9. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10. And Noah begot three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11. The whole earth was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence. 12. And God looked upon the earth and, behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
6:13. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them and, behold, I shall destroy them from the earth. 14. Make a box of gopher wood for yourself. You will make compartments in the box, and will cover it within and without with atonement. 15. And this is how you will make it. The length of the box will be three hundred cubits, its width is fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16. You will make awindow for the box, and you will finish it a cubit upward. And you will set the door of the box in its side, with lower, second, and third stories will you make it. 17. And, behold, I AM, even I, am bringing a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh, in which is the breath of life, from under heaven, and everything that is on the earth will die.”
First Covenant with Noah
6:18. “But with you I shall establish, ratify, My covenant and you will come into the box, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19. And of every living thing of all flesh, you will bring two of every sort into the box, to keep alive with you; they will be male and female. 20. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every sort will come to you, to keep alive. 21. And take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you will gather it for yourself, and it will be for food for you and for them.” 22. And Noah did so. According to all that God commanded him, so he did. (Heb. 11:7)
The LORD* Invites Noah and Family
7.1. And the LORD* said to Noah, “Come into the box, you and your entire house! For I have seen you righteous before Me in this generation. 2. Of every clean beast you will take to yourself by sevens, the male and his mate: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his mate. 3. Also of fowls of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 4. For yet seven days, and I AM shall cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living substance that I have made I shall erase from off the face of the earth.”
7:5. And Noah did according to all that the LORD* commanded him. 6. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 7. And Noah, his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, went into the box because of the waters of the flood. 8. Of clean beasts and of beasts that are not clean, of fowls, and of everything that creeps upon the earth, 9. they came in two by two to Noah in the box, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. 10. And it was after seven days that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 11. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13. In the selfsame day Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the box; 14. they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth after its kind, and every fowl after its kind, every bird of every sort. 15. And they came in to Noah in the box, two by two of all flesh in which is the breath of life. 16. And they that came in, male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him, and the LORD* shut him in. 17. And the flood was upon the earth for forty days and the waters increased and raised the box, and it was lifted up above the earth. 18. And the waters prevailed and were increased greatly upon the earth, and the box went upon the face of the waters. 19. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth and all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. 20. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail and the mountains were covered. 21. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, of fowl, of cattle, of beast, of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every man. 22. All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was on the dry land, died. 23. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, man, cattle, the creeping things, and the fowl of the skies. And they were destroyed from the earth, and only Noah and those that were with him in the box remained alive. 24. And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred fifty days.
After the Flood
8.1. And God remembered Noah, every living thing and all the animals that were with him in the box, and God made a wind to pass over the earth and the waters decreased. 2. The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped and the rain from heaven was restrained. 3. And the waters returned from off the earth continually and after the end of the hundred fifty days the waters were abated. 4. And the box rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 5. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. 6. And it was at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the box which he had made. 7. And he sent out a raven, which went forth to and fro until the waters were dried up from off the earth. 8. He then sent out a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground, 9. but the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot and she returned to him in the box, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand and took her and brought her in to him in the box. 10. And he stayed yet another seven days and again he sent the dove out of the box. 11. And the dove came in to him in the evening and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off, so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. 12. And he stayed yet another seven days and sent forth the dove, which did not return again to him any more. 13. And it was in the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth, and Noah removed the covering of the box and looked and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.
8:15. And God spoke to Noah saying, 16. “Go forth from the box! You, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you! 17. Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you, of all flesh, of fowl, of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, so they can breed abundantly on the earth and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth.”
8:18. And Noah, his sons, his wife, his sons’ wives went out with him. 19. Every beast, every creeping thing, every fowl, and whatever creeps upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the box.
8:20. And Noah built an altar to the LORD* and took of every clean beast and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21. And the LORD* smelled a sweet savor and the LORD* said in His heart, “I shall not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake, for the imagination of man’s heart is bad from his youth. (Jer. 32:30) Neither will I again any longer strike everything living, as I have done. 22. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”
Second Covenant with Noah
9.1. And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. 2. And the fear of you and the dread of you will be upon every beast of the earth and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moves upon the earth and upon all the fishes of the sea. They are delivered into your hand. 3. Every moving thing that lives will be food for you, even as the green herb. I have given you everything. 4. But you will not eat flesh with its life, which is in its blood. 5. And surely your blood of your lives will I require, at the hand of every beast I shall require it, and at the hand of man. At the hand of every man’s brother I shall require the life of man. 6. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man will his blood be shed, for He made man in the image of God. 7. And you, be fruitful and multiply. Bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply in it.”
9:8. And God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him saying, 9. “And behold, I AM establishing 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 box, to every beast of the earth.
11. And I will confirm My covenant with you. Neither will all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood, nor will there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12. And God said, “This is the token of the covenant which I am giving between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13. I have set My rainbow in the cloud, and it will be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14. And it will be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud, 15. and I shall remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh: and the waters will no longer become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16. And the bow will be in the cloud, and I shall look upon it, so I can remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” 17. And God said to Noah, “This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”
9.18. And the sons of Noah who went out from the box were Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19. These are the three sons of Noah, and the whole earth was overspread by them.
9:20. And Noah began to be a man of the soil, a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21. And he drank of the wine and was drunk, and he was uncovered within his tent. 22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 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 did not see their father’s nakedness. 24. And Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25. And he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants will he be to his brothers.” 26. And he said, “Blessed be the LORD* God of Shem; and Canaan will be his servant.
27. God will enlarge Japheth, and he will dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan will be his servant.”
9:28. And Noah lived after the flood three hundred fifty years. 29. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred fifty years.
Descendants of Noah
10.1. Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah; Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and sons were born to them after the flood. 2. The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshekh, and Tiras. 3. And the sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Rifat, and Togarmah. 4. And the sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5. By these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, each one by his language, by their families, in their nations.
10:6. And the sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 7. And the sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca: and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. 8. And Cush begot Nimrod who began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD*, therefore it is said, “Even as Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the LORD*.” 10. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11. Asshur went forth out of that land and built Nineveh, Rehoboth, Calah, 12. and Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city. 13. And Mizraim begot Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naftuhim, 14. Patrusim, Casluhim, from whom came the Philistines, and Caftorim. 15. And Canaan begot Zidon 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: and later the families of the Canaanites were spread abroad. 19.And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as you come to Gerar, to Gaza: as you go to Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim, and to Lasha. 20. These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their languages, in their countries, in their nations.
10:21. Born to Shem, to him also, the father of all the children of Ever, the elder brother of Japheth. 22. The children of Shem were Elam, Ashshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. 23. And the children of Aram were Uz, Hul, Geter, and Mash.
24. And Arpachshad begot Shelah, and Shelah begot Ever. 25. And to Ever were born two sons; the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan. 26. And Joktan begot Almodad, Shelef, Hazarmavet, Jerah, 27. Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28. Oval, Avimael, Sheva, 29. Ofir, Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan. 30. And their dwelling was from Mesha, as you go to Sefar, a mountain of the east. 31. These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
10:32. These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and the nations were divided by these in the earth after the flood.
Tower of Babel
11.1. And the whole earth was of one language and of few possessions. 2. And it was, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and they stayed there. 3. And they said one to another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone and they had slime for mortar. 4. And they said, “Come, we will build a city and a tower for ourselves, whose top may reach to the heavens and we will make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5. And the LORD* came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. 6. And the LORD* said, “Behold, the people are one, and they all have one language. And they begin to do this and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so they will not understand one another’s speech.”
11:8. So the LORD* scattered them abroad from there over the face of the entire earth and they stopped building the city. 9. That is why the name of it is called Babel, because there the LORD* confounded the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD* scattered them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
11:10. These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old and begot Arpachshad two years after the flood. 11. And Shem lived five hundred years after he begot Arpachshad and he begot sons and daughters.
11:12 And Arpachshad lived thirty-five years and he begot Shelah. 13. And Arpachshad lived four hundred three years after he begot Shelah and he begot sons and daughters.
11:14. And Shelah lived thirty years and he begot Ever. 15. And Shelah lived four hundred three years after he begot Ever and he begot sons and daughters.
11:16. And Ever lived thirty-four years and he begot Peleg. 17. And. Ever lived four hundred thirty years after he begot Peleg and he begot sons and daughters.
11:18. And Peleg lived thirty years and begot Reu. 19. And Peleg lived two hundred nine years after he begot Reu and he begot sons and daughters.
11:20. And Reu lived thirty-two years and begot Serug. 21. And Reu lived after he begot Serug two hundred seven years and begot sons and daughters.
11:22. And Serug lived thirty years and begot Nahor. 23. And Serug lived two hundred years after he begot Nahor and he begot sons and daughters.
11:24. And Nahor lived twenty-nine years and begot Terah. 25. And Nahor lived one hundred nineteen years after he begot Terah and he begot sons and daughters.
11:26. And Terah lived seventy years and he begot Abram (Avram), Nahor, and Haran.
11:27. Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begot Lot. 28. And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in 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, Milkah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milkah, and the father of Iscah. 30. But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
11:31. And Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they left with them from Ur of the Chaldees to go to the land of Canaan, and they came to Haran and lived there.
11:32. And the days of Terah were two hundred five years, and Terah died in Haran.
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