God’s Covenant With Noah
1Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
4“But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.
6“Whoever sheds human blood,
by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
has God made mankind.
7As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
8Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9“I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the 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.) 19These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.
20Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded9:20 Or soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. 21When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25he said,
“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.”
26He also said,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27May God extend Japheth’s9:27 Japheth sounds like the Hebrew for extend. 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.
Apam A Onyankopɔn Ne Noa Yɛeɛ
1Afei, Onyankopɔn hyiraa Noa ne ne mmammarima no ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Monwo, na monyɛ bebree nhyɛ asase so ma. 2Mo ho hu ne mo ho suro bɛtɔ mmoa a wɔwɔ asase so nyinaa ne ewiem nnomaa nyinaa ne abɔdeɛ biara a wɔnam asase so ne nsuo mu mpataa nyinaa so. Wɔn nyinaa hyɛ mo nsa. 3Biribiara a nkwa wɔ mu, na ɛkeka ne ho no bɛyɛ mo aduane. Sɛdeɛ mede nhahammono hyɛɛ mo nsa no, afei deɛ, mede biribiara ma mo.
4“Nanso, ɛnsɛ sɛ mowe aboa a wɔntwaa ne mene mmaa ne mogya no nguiɛ no ɛnam. 5Wo nkwa deɛ, deɛ ɛbɛyɛ biara, mɛbisa ho akontabuo. Onipa a ɔkum ne yɔnko onipa no, mɛbisa no ho asɛm. Mpo, aboa biara a ɔbɛkum onipa no, mewɔ saa aboa no nso asɛmmisa. Mɛbisa onipa kra ho asɛm.
6“Obiara a ɔhwie onipa mogya guo no,
onipa so na wɔnam bɛhwie ɔno nso mogya aguo,
ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn no ara sɛso na ɔbɔɔ onipa.
7Mo deɛ, monwo, na monyɛ bebree. Mo ase mfɛe asase so, na monnɔɔso.”
8Afei, Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Noa ne ne mmammarima a wɔka ne ho no sɛ, 9“Ɛnnɛ, me ne mo ne mo asefoɔ a wɔbɛwo wɔn no 10ne abɔdeɛ biara a nkwa wɔ mu a na wɔwɔ mo nkyɛn wɔ adaka no mu yɛ apam: nnomaa, nyɛmmoa ne wiram mmoa a wɔne mo firi adaka no mu no baeɛ nyinaa, ne abɔdeɛ biara a nkwa wɔ mu a wɔwɔ asase so. 11Me ne mo yɛ mʼapam sɛ: Meremfa nsuyire nsɛe abɔdeɛ biara a nkwa wɔ mu a ɛwɔ asase so. Saa ara nso na meremfa nsuyire nsɛe asase bio da.”
12Na Onyankopɔn kaa sɛ, “Yei ne apam a me, Onyankopɔn, ne mo ne abɔdeɛ a nkwa wɔ mu biara a wɔka mo ho no ne nkyirimma nyinaa reyɛ no ho nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ. 13Mato me nyankontɔn wɔ omununkum mu. Ɛno na ɛbɛyɛ apam a ɛbɛda me ne asase ntam. 14Ɛberɛ biara a mede omununkum bɛba asase ani, na sɛ nyankontɔn pue wɔ omununkum no mu a, 15mɛkae mʼapam a ɛda me ne mo ne abɔdeɛ a nkwa wɔ mu ahodoɔ no nyinaa ntam. Nsuyire a ɛbɛsɛe abɔdeɛ a nkwa wɔ mu no nyinaa remma da biara da bio. 16Ɛberɛ biara a nyankontɔn bɛto wɔ omununkum mu no, mɛhunu, na makae apam a ɛwɔ hɔ daa a ɛda me, Onyankopɔn, ne abɔdeɛ a nkwa wɔ mu ahodoɔ nyinaa a wɔwɔ asase yi so ntam no.”
17Enti, Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Noa sɛ, “Yei ne apam a me ne abɔdeɛ biara a nkwa wɔ mu a, wɔwɔ asase yi so ayɛ no ho nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ.”
18Yeinom ne Noa mmammarima a wɔfiri adaka no mu baeɛ: Sem, Ham ne Yafet. Ham na ɔwoo Kanaan. 19Yeinom ne Noa mmammarima. Wɔn mu na nnipa a, wɔahwete wɔ asase so nyinaa firi baeɛ.
20Noa yɛ okuafoɔ a ɔdii ɛkan. Ɔyɛɛ bobefuo. 21Ɛda bi, ɔnom bobesa no bi boroeɛ, ma ɔdaa ne ntomadan mu adagya. 22Ham a ɔwoo Kanaan no kɔtoo nʼagya Noa sɛ ɔda adagya. Ɔfirii hɔ no, ɔkɔbɔɔ ne nuammarima baanu no amaneɛ. 23Enti, Sem ne Yafet faa atadeɛ de guu wɔn mmati so, kɔɔ nkyirinkyire de kɔkataa wɔn agya adagya so. Na wɔn ani nkyerɛ wɔn agya enti, wɔanhunu nʼadagya mu.
24Ɛberɛ a Noa ani so tetee no, na ɔhunuu deɛ ne kaakyire no ayɛ no, 25ɔkaa sɛ,
“Nnome nka Ham asefoɔ a wɔyɛ Kanaanfoɔ.
Wɔbɛyɛ wɔn nuanom
mu nkoa mu nkoa.”
26Noa kaa bio sɛ,
“Me nhyira a ɛfiri Awurade, me Onyankopɔn, nkyɛn no nka Sem!
Kanaan nyɛ Sem akoa.
27Onyankopɔn ntrɛ Yafet ase ne nʼasase mu.
Yafet ntena Sem ntomadan mu,
na Kanaan nyɛ nʼakoa.”
28Nsuyire no akyiri no, Noa tenaa ase mfeɛ ahasa ne aduonum. 29Noa dii mfeɛ aha nkron ne aduonum, ansa na ɔrewu.