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Genesis 9:1-29

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.

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。