1 God blessed Noah and his sons. He said: »Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
2 »All the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air will be filled with fear and dread of you. Every creature that moves along the ground and all the fish of the sea are placed under your control.
3 »Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
4 »You must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.
5 »I will require your lifeblood as an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. I will demand an accounting from each man for the life of his fellow man.
6 »Whoever sheds the blood of man will have his blood shed by man. For man was made in the image of God.
7 »You should be fruitful and increase in number. Multiply increase on the earth.«
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
9 »I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you
10 "and 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.
11 »I establish my covenant with you: Never again will the waters of a flood destroy all life. Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.«
12 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:
13 »I give you my rainbow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world of mankind.
14 »Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
15 »I will remember my covenant with you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters flood to destroy all life.
16 »Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the long lasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.«
17 God said: »This is the sign of the covenant I have established with all life on the earth.«
18 Noahs sons who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan.
19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth.
20 Noah, a man of the soil, planted a vineyard.
21 He drank some of its wine. He became drunk and lay undressed inside his tent.
22 Ham, father of Canaan, saw his fathers nakedness and told his two brothers outside.
23 Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders. Then they walked in backward and covered their fathers nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their fathers nakedness.
24 Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him.
25 He Noah said: »Canaan is cursed! He will be a lowly slave to his brothers.«
26 He also said: »Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 »May God extend the territory of Japheth. And may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.«
28 After the flood, Noah lived three hundred and fifty years.
29 Noah lived a total of nine hundred and fifty years, and then he died.