New International Reader's Version

Genesis 9:1-29

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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

創世記 9:1-29

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神の祝福と契約

1神は、ノアと息子たちを祝福しました。そして、子どもがたくさん生まれ、全地に増え広がるようにと命じたのです。 2-3「野の獣と鳥と魚はみな、あなたたちを恐れるようになるだろう。あなたたちは動物を治めなさい。穀物と野菜のほかに動物も食用として与えよう。 4しかし、いのちの源である血をすっかり抜き取ったあとでなければ、食べてはならない。 5-6人のいのちを奪うことは禁じる。人を殺した動物は生かしておいてはならない。人のいのちを奪う者には、同じくいのちが求められる。人殺しは、神に似せて造られた者を殺すことになるからだ。 7子どもをたくさん産みなさい。どんどん増え広がって、世界を治めなさい。」

8それから神は、ノアと息子たちに約束しました。 9-11「あなたたちとあなたたちの子孫、生き残った鳥、家畜、野生の動物すべてに、わたしはおごそかに誓う。もう二度と洪水で世界を滅ぼしたりはしない。 12その約束のしるしに、 13雲の中に虹をかけよう。この約束は、あなたたちと全世界に対し、この世の終わりまで効力を持つ。 14雲が大地を覆う時、虹が雲の中に輝くだろう。 15その時わたしは、いのちあるものを二度と洪水で滅ぼさないと、堅く約束したことを思い出そう。 16-17雲間にかかる虹が、地上のすべての生き物に対する永遠の約束を思い出させるからだ。」

ノアの息子たち

18ノアの三人の息子はセム、ハム、ヤペテで、このうちハムがカナン人の先祖に当たります。 19この三人から世界のあらゆる国民が出たのです。

20-21さて、ノアは農夫となり、ぶどうを栽培してぶどう酒を作るようになりました。ある日、彼はぶどう酒に酔って前後不覚になり、裸のままテントの中で寝入ってしまいました。 22その醜態を見たハムはあわてて外に飛び出し、二人の兄に、父親が裸で寝ていることを話しました。 23話を聞いたセムとヤペテは父の服を取りに行き、その服を自分たちの肩にかけ、二人並んでうしろ向きのままそろそろとテントに入りました。そして、父親の裸を見ないように注意しながら、服を肩から落として、父の体にかけたのです。 24-25ノアは酔いがさめて起き上がると、とっさに何があったのか悟りました。末の息子ハムがしたことを知った時、彼はこう言いました。

「カナン人〔ハムの子カナンから出た民族〕はのろわれよ。

セムとヤペテの奴隷となって仕えよ。」

26-27また、こう言いました。

「神がセムを祝福なさるように。

カナンは彼の奴隷となれ。

神がヤペテを祝福し、

セムの繁栄にあずかる者としてくださるように。

カナンは彼の奴隷となれ。」

28-29ノアは洪水のあとさらに三百五十年生き、九百五十歳で死にました。