1上帝賜福給挪亞和他的兒子們，對他們說：「你們要生養眾多，遍佈地面。 2你們要管理所有地上的走獸、空中的飛鳥、地上的爬蟲和海裡的魚，牠們都必懼怕你們。 3凡是活著的動物都可作你們的食物，就像菜蔬和穀物一樣。 4只是你們不可吃帶血的肉，因為血就是生命。 5凡是殺人害命的，無論人或獸，我必向他們追討血債。凡殺人的，我必追討他的血債。 6凡殺害人的，也必被人殺害，因為人是上帝照著自己的形像造的。 7你們要生養眾多，使地上人口興旺。」
8上帝又對挪亞和他的兒子們說： 9「我要跟你們和你們的後代， 10以及所有和你們在一起、從方舟出來的飛禽走獸和牲畜等各種動物立約。 11我與你們立約，不再叫洪水淹沒一切生靈，也不再讓洪水毀滅大地。」 12上帝說：「我與你們及各種生靈立世代永存的約，我要給這個約一個記號。 13我把彩虹放在雲中，作為我跟大地立約的記號。 14我使雲彩覆蓋大地的時候，會有彩虹在雲中出現。 15這樣我會記得我與你們及一切生靈所立的約，水就不會再氾濫淹滅所有生靈。 16當我看見彩虹在雲中出現的時候，就會記得我與地上一切生靈立的永約。」 17上帝對挪亞說：「彩虹是我與地上一切生靈立約的記號。」
20挪亞做了農夫，他是第一個栽種葡萄園的人。 21一天，他喝葡萄酒喝醉了，赤裸著身體躺在帳篷裡。 22迦南的父親含看見他父親赤身露體，便去告訴外面的兩個弟兄。 23於是，閃和雅弗拿了一件衣服搭在肩上，倒退著走進帳篷，把衣服蓋在父親身上，他們背著臉不看父親赤裸的身體。
God Makes a Covenant With Noah
1Then God blessed Noah and his sons. He said to them, “Have children so that there are many of you. Fill the earth. 2All the land animals will be afraid of you. All the birds in the sky will be afraid of you. Every creature that moves along the ground will be afraid of you. So will every fish in the seas. Every living thing is put under your control. 3Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. I have already given you the green plants for food. Now I am giving you everything.
4“But you must not eat meat that still has blood in it. 5I will certainly hold someone accountable if you are murdered. I will even hold animals accountable if they kill you. I will also hold anyone accountable who murders another person.
6“Anyone who murders a human being
will be killed by a human being.
That is because I have made human beings
so that they are like me.
7Have children so that there will be many of you. Multiply and become many on the earth.”
8Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons who were with him. He said, 9“I am now making my covenant with you and with all your children who will be born after you. 10I am making it also with every living creature that was with you in the ark. I am making my covenant with the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals. I am making it with all the creatures that came out of the ark with you. In fact, I am making it with every living thing on earth. 11Here is my covenant I am making with you. The waters of a flood will never again destroy all life. A flood will never again destroy the earth.”
12God continued, “My covenant is between me and you and every living creature with you. It is a covenant for all time to come. Here is the sign of the covenant I am making. 13I have put my rainbow in the clouds. It will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14Sometimes when I bring clouds over the earth, a rainbow will appear in them. 15Then I will remember my covenant between me and you and every kind of living creature. The waters will never again become a flood to destroy all life. 16When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it. I will remember that my covenant will last forever. It is a covenant between me and every kind of living creature on earth.”
17So God said to Noah, “The rainbow is the sign of my covenant. I have made my covenant between me and all life on earth.”
The Sons of Noah
18The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan. 19The people who were scattered over the earth came from Noah’s three sons.
20Noah was a man who farmed the land. He decided to plant a field that produced grapes for making wine. 21When he drank some of the wine, it made him drunk. Then he lay down inside his tent without any clothes on. 22Ham saw his father naked. Then Ham, the father of Canaan, went outside and told his two brothers. 23But Shem and Japheth picked up a piece of clothing and laid it across their shoulders. Then they walked backward into the tent. They covered their father’s body. They turned their faces away because they didn’t want to see their father naked.
24Then Noah woke up from his sleep that was caused by the wine. He found out what his youngest son had done to him. 25He said,
“May a curse be put on Canaan!
He will be the lowest of slaves to his brothers.”
26Noah also said,
“May the Lord, the God of Shem, be praised.
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27May God add land to Japheth’s territory.
May Japheth live in the tents of Shem.
And may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
28After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29Noah lived a total of 950 years. And then he died.