Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Something about the comfort and safety of the boat makes it hard to leave! After Noah had floated in the ark for months, God caused the floodwaters to recede and directed Noah and his family to leave their haven of refuge. Surely Noah wondered what it would be like outside the ark.

Peter, too, knew the safety of the boat. But one day Jesus challenged him to leave the known and enter the unknown realm of "fishing for men." Can't you just imagine how Peter must have felt? What would it be like to wake up every day and follow Jesus? he must have thought.

The boat represents old habits, securities, and ways of doing things. Peter had been a fisherman for years; Noah had been confined to the security of the ark for months. Both had to decide if they would dare to follow the One who called them. When Noah sent the dove out the second time and it did not return to him (Genesis 8:12), he knew it was time to leave the ark. Like the dove, he had no desire to stay in his world of former security. When Peter heard the voice of the Master, he knew it was time to leave the place of family refuge and follow the will of God.

Once you have tasted of a new world-a world of ministry-you will have no desire to return to the mundane routine of life. Leave the boat, my Christian friend. A new world awaits you!

Genesis 8:1-10:32

But God rememberedGe 9:15; 19:29; 21:1; 30:22; Ex 2:24; Nu 10:9; Ru 4:13; 1Sa 1:11, 19; 2Ki 20:3; 1Ch 16:15; Ne 1:8; 5:19; 13:14, 22, 31; Job 14:13; Ps 105:42; 106:4; Lk 1:54, 72 Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth,Ex 14:21; Jos 2:10; 3:16; Job 12:15; Ps 66:6; Isa 11:15; 44:27; Na 1:4 and the waters receded.Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavensS Ge 7:11 had been closed, and the rainS Ge 7:4 had stopped falling from the sky.The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty daysS Ge 7:24 the water had gone down,and on the seventeenth day of the seventh monthS Ge 7:11 the ark came to rest on the mountainsGe 7:20 of Ararat.2Ki 19:37; Jer 51:27The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

After forty daysGe 7:12 Noah opened a window he had made in the arkand sent out a raven,Lev 11:15; Dt 14:14; 1Ki 17:4, 6; Job 38:41; Ps 147:9; Pr 30:17; Isa 34:11; Lk 12:24 and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.ver 11Then he sent out a doveJob 30:31; Ps 55:6; 74:19; SS 2:12, 14; Isa 38:14; 59:11; 60:8; Jer 48:28; Eze 7:16; Hos 7:11; 11:11; Na 2:7; Mt 3:16; 10:16; Jn 1:32 to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.ver 712 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.

13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year,S Ge 5:32 the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second monthS Ge 7:11 the earth was completely dry.

15 Then God said to Noah,16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.S Ge 7:1317 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”S Ge 1:22

18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.1Pe 3:20; 2Pe 2:519 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LordGe 12:7-8; 13:18; 22:9; 26:25; 33:20; 35:7; Ex 17:15; 24:4 and, taking some of all the clean animals and cleanS Ge 7:8 birds, he sacrificed burnt offeringsGe 22:2, 13; Ex 10:25; 20:24; 40:29; Lev 1:3; 4:29; 6:8-13; Nu 6:11; Jdg 6:26; 11:31; 1Sa 20:29; Job 1:5; 42:8 on it.21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aromaEx 29:18, 25; Lev 1:9, 13; 2:9; 4:31; Nu 15:3, 7; 2Co 2:15 and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the groundS Ge 3:17 because of humans, even thoughOr humans, for every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood.Ge 6:5; Ps 51:5; Jer 17:9; Mt 15:19; Ro 1:21 And never again will I destroyJer 44:11 all living creatures,Ge 9:11, 15; Isa 54:9 as I have done.

22 “As long as the earth endures,

seedtime and harvest,Jos 3:15; Ps 67:6; Jer 5:24

cold and heat,

summer and winter,Ps 74:17; Zec 14:8

day and night

will never cease.”S Ge 1:14

God’s Covenant With Noah

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.S Ge 1:22The 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.S Ge 1:26Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you.S Ge 1:29 Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.S Ac 10:15; Col 2:16

“But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.Lev 3:17; 7:26; 17:10-14; 19:26; Dt 12:16, 23-25; 15:23; 1Sa 14:33; Eze 33:25; Ac 15:20, 29And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting.Ge 42:22; 50:15; 1Ki 2:32; 2Ch 24:22; Ps 9:12 I will demand an accounting from every animal.Ex 21:28-32 And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.Ge 4:10

“Whoever sheds human blood,

by humans shall their blood be shed;S Ge 4:14; S Jdg 9:24; S Mt 26:52

for in the image of GodS Ge 1:26

has God made mankind.

As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”S Ge 1:22

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:“I now establish my covenant with youver 11; S Ge 6:18 and with your descendants after you10 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 covenantver 16; Isa 24:5; 33:8; Hos 6:7 with you:S ver 9 Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.S Ge 8:21

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenantver 17; Ge 17:11 I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:Ge 17:12; Ex 12:14; Lev 3:17; 6:18; 17:7; Nu 10:813 I have set my rainbowver 14; Eze 1:28; Rev 4:3; 10:1 in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbowS ver 13 appears in the clouds,15 I will remember my covenantS Ge 8:1; Ex 2:24; 6:5; 34:10; Lev 26:42, 45; Dt 7:9; Ps 89:34; 103:18; 105:8; 106:45; Eze 16:60 between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.S Ge 8:2116 Whenever the rainbowver 13 appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenantS ver 11; Ge 17:7, 13, 19; 2Sa 7:13; 23:5; Ps 105:9-10; Isa 9:7; 54:10; 55:3; 59:21; 61:8; Jer 31:31-34; 32:40; 33:21; Eze 16:60; 37:26; S Heb 13:20 between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenantS ver 12 I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

The Sons of Noah

18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth.S Ge 5:32; Lk 3:36 (Ham was the father of Canaan.)ver 25-27; Ge 10:6, 1519 These were the three sons of Noah,Ge 5:32 and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.S Ge 1:22; 10:32; 11:4, 8, 9

20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceededOr soil, was the first to plant a vineyard.21 When he drank some of its wine,Ge 19:35 he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father nakedHab 2:15 and told his two brothers outside.23 But 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.

24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,25 he said,

“CursedGe 27:12 be Canaan!ver 18; Ex 20:5; Ps 79:8; Isa 14:21; Jer 31:29; 32:18

The lowest of slaves

will he be to his brothers.Ge 25:23; 27:29, 37, 40; 37:10; 49:8; Nu 24:18; Jos 9:23

26 He also said,

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!Ge 14:20; Ex 18:10; Ps 7:17

May Canaan be the slave1Ki 9:21 of Shem.

27 May God extend Japheth’sJapheth sounds like the Hebrew for extend. territory;Ge 10:2-5

may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,Eph 2:13-14; 3:6

and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”

28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years.29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.S Ge 2:17

The Table of Nations

10 This is the accountGe 2:4 of Shem, Ham and Japheth,S Ge 5:32 Noah’s sons,ver 32; 1Ch 1:4 who themselves had sons after the flood.

The Japhethites10:2-5pp — 1Ch 1:5-7

The sonsSons may mean descendants or successors or nations; also in verses 3, 4, 6, 7, 20-23, 29 and 31. of Japheth:

Gomer,Eze 38:6 Magog,Eze 38:2; 39:6; Rev 20:8 Madai, Javan,Eze 27:19 Tubal,Isa 66:19; Eze 27:13; 32:26 MeshekEze 39:1 and Tiras.

The sons of Gomer:

Ashkenaz,Jer 51:27 Riphath and Togarmah.Eze 27:14; 38:6

The sons of Javan:

Elishah,Eze 27:7 Tarshish,Ps 48:7; 72:10; Isa 2:16; 23:1, 6, 10, 14; 60:9; 66:19; Jer 10:9; Eze 27:12, 25; 38:13; Jnh 1:3 the KittitesNu 24:24; Isa 23:12; Jer 2:10; Eze 27:6; Da 11:30 and the Rodanites.Some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Septuagint and 1 Chron. 1:7); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text Dodanites(From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.)Ge 9:27

The Hamites10:6-20pp — 1Ch 1:8-16

The sons of Ham:

Cush,2Ki 19:9; 2Ch 12:3; 16:8; Isa 11:11; 18:1; 20:3; 43:3; Jer 46:9; Eze 30:4, 9; 38:5; Na 3:9; Zep 2:12; 3:10 Egypt, PutEze 27:10; 38:5 and Canaan.S Ge 9:18

The sons of Cush:

Seba,Isa 43:3 Havilah,S Ge 2:11 Sabtah, RaamahEze 27:22 and Sabteka.

The sons of Raamah:

ShebaGe 25:3; 1Ki 10:1; 2Ch 9:1; Job 1:15; 6:19; 16:11; Ps 72:10, 15; Isa 60:6; Jer 6:20; Eze 27:22; 38:13; Joel 3:8 and Dedan.1Ch 1:32; Isa 21:13; Jer 25:23-24; 49:8; Eze 27:15, 20; 38:13

Cush was the fatherFather may mean ancestor or predecessor or founder; also in verses 13, 15, 24 and 26. of Nimrod,Mic 5:6 who became a mighty warrior on the earth.He was a mighty2Ch 14:9; 16:8; Isa 18:2 hunterGe 25:27; 27:3 before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.”10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon,Ge 11:9; 2Ch 36:17; Isa 13:1; 47:1; Jer 21:2; 25:12; 50:1 Uruk,Ezr 4:9 Akkad and Kalneh,Isa 10:9; Am 6:2 inOr Uruk and Akkad—all of them in Shinar.That is, BabyloniaGe 11:2; 14:1; Zec 5:1111 From that land he went to Assyria,Ps 83:8; Mic 5:6 where he built Nineveh,2Ki 19:36; Isa 37:37; Jnh 1:2; 3:2, 3; 4:11; Na 1:1; Zep 2:13 Rehoboth Ir,Or Nineveh with its city squares Calah12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.

13 Egypt was the father of

the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites,14 Pathrusites, Kasluhites (from whom the PhilistinesGe 21:32, 34; 26:1, 8; Jos 13:2; Jdg 3:3; Isa 14:31; Jer 47:1, 4; Am 9:7 came) and Caphtorites.Dt 2:23; 1Ch 1:12

15 CanaanS Ge 9:18 was the father of

Sidonver 19; Jos 11:8; Jdg 10:6; Isa 23:2, 4; Jer 25:22; 27:3; 47:4; Eze 28:21; 32:30; Joel 3:4; Zec 9:2 his firstborn,Or of the Sidonians, the foremostEx 4:22; Nu 1:20; 3:2; 18:15; 26:5; 33:4 and of the Hittites,Ge 15:20; 23:3, 20; 25:10; 26:34; 27:46; 49:32; Nu 13:29; Jos 1:4; 1Sa 26:6; Eze 16:316 Jebusites,Jdg 19:10; 1Ch 11:4; Ezr 9:1 Amorites,Ex 3:8; Nu 13:29; 21:13; 32:39; Dt 1:4; Jos 2:10; 2Ch 8:7 Girgashites,Ge 15:18-21; Dt 7:117 Hivites,Ge 34:2; 36:2; Ex 3:8; Dt 7:1; Jdg 3:3 Arkites, Sinites,18 Arvadites,Eze 27:8 Zemarites and Hamathites.1Ch 18:3

Later the CanaaniteGe 12:6; 13:7; 50:11; Ex 13:11; Nu 13:29; 14:25; 21:3; 33:40; Dt 1:7; Jdg 1:1 clans scattered19 and the borders of CanaanGe 11:31; 12:1; 13:12; 17:8; 24:3; 26:34; 27:46; 28:1, 6, 8; 31:18; 35:6; 37:1; Lev 25:38 reached from SidonS ver 15; Ge 49:13; Jos 19:28; Jdg 1:31; 18:28; 2Sa 24:6 toward Gerar2Ch 14:13 as far as Gaza,Dt 2:23; Jos 10:41; 11:22; 15:47; Jdg 1:18; 6:4; 16:1, 21; 1Sa 6:17; Jer 25:20; 47:1; Am 1:6; Zep 2:4 and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim,Ge 14:2; Dt 29:23 as far as Lasha.

20 These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

The Semites10:21-31pp — Ge 11:10-27; 1Ch 1:17-27

21 Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother wasOr Shem, the older brother of Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.ver 24; Nu 24:24

22 The sons of Shem:

Elam,Ge 14:1; Isa 11:11; 21:2; Jer 25:25; 49:34; Eze 32:24; Da 8:2 Ashur,Nu 24:22, 24; Eze 27:23 Arphaxad,Lk 3:36 Lud and Aram.Jdg 3:10; 1Ki 11:25; 19:15; 20:34; 22:31; 2Ki 5:1; 8:7

23 The sons of Aram:

Uz,Ge 22:21; Job 1:1; Jer 25:20; La 4:21 Hul, Gether and Meshek.See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 1:17; Hebrew Mash.

24 Arphaxad was the father ofHebrew; Septuagint father of Cainan, and Cainan was the father of Shelah,

and Shelah the father of Eber.S ver 21; Lk 3:35

25 Two sons were born to Eber:

One was named Peleg,Peleg means division. because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.

26 Joktan was the father of

Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,27 Hadoram, Uzal,Eze 27:19 Diklah,28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba,1Ki 10:1; Job 6:19; Ps 72:10, 15; Isa 60:6; Eze 27:2229 Ophir,1Ki 9:28; 10:11; 1Ch 29:4; Job 22:24; 28:16; Ps 45:9; Isa 13:12 Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.

30 The region where they lived stretched from Mesha toward Sephar, in the eastern hill country.

31 These are the sons of Shem by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

32 These are the clans of Noah’s sons,S ver 1 according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earthS Ge 9:19 after the flood.

The Flood Recedes

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede.The underground waters stopped flowing, and the torrential rains from the sky were stopped.So the floodwaters gradually receded from the earth. After 150 days,exactly five months from the time the flood began,Hebrew on the seventeenth day of the seventh month; see 7:11. the boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.Two and a half months later,Hebrew On the first day of the tenth month; see 7:11 and note on 8:4. as the waters continued to go down, other mountain peaks became visible.

After another forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boatand released a raven. The bird flew back and forth until the floodwaters on the earth had dried up.He also released a dove to see if the water had receded and it could find dry ground.But the dove could find no place to land because the water still covered the ground. So it returned to the boat, and Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside.10 After waiting another seven days, Noah released the dove again.11 This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone.12 He waited another seven days and then released the dove again. This time it did not come back.

13 Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began,Hebrew On the first day of the first month; see 7:11. the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying.14 Two more months went by,Hebrew The twenty-seventh day of the second month arrived; see note on 8:13. and at last the earth was dry!

15 Then God said to Noah,16 “Leave the boat, all of you—you and your wife, and your sons and their wives.17 Release all the animals—the birds, the livestock, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—so they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.”

18 So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat.19 And all of the large and small animals and birds came out of the boat, pair by pair.

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose.Hebrew every clean animal and every clean bird.21 And the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things.22 As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

God Confirms His Covenant

Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth.All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power.I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables.But you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it.

“And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die.If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beingsOr man; Hebrew reads ha-adam. in his own image.Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth.”

Then God told Noah and his sons,“I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants,10 and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth.11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.”

12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come.13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds,15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life.16 When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.”17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”

Noah’s Sons

18 The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.)19 From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth.

20 After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard.21 One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent.22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers.23 Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked.

24 When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done.25 Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham:

“May Canaan be cursed!

May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.”

26 Then Noah said,

“May the Lord, the God of Shem, be blessed,

and may Canaan be his servant!

27 May God expand the territory of Japheth!

May Japheth share the prosperity of Shem,Hebrew May he live in the tents of Shem.

and may Canaan be his servant.”

28 Noah lived another 350 years after the great flood.29 He lived 950 years, and then he died.

10 This is the account of the families of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the three sons of Noah. Many children were born to them after the great flood.

Descendants of Japheth

The descendants of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

The descendants of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.

The descendants of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version (see also 1 Chr 1:7); most Hebrew manuscripts read Dodanim.Their descendants became the seafaring peoples that spread out to various lands, each identified by its own language, clan, and national identity.

Descendants of Ham

The descendants of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.

The descendants of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The descendants of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.

Cush was also the ancestor of Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth.Since he was the greatest hunter in the world,Hebrew a great hunter before the Lord; also in 10:9b. his name became proverbial. People would say, “This man is like Nimrod, the greatest hunter in the world.”10 He built his kingdom in the land of Babylonia,Hebrew Shinar. with the cities of Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh.11 From there he expanded his territory to Assyria,Or From that land Assyria went out. building the cities of Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah,12 and Resen (the great city located between Nineveh and Calah).

13 Mizraim was the ancestor of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites,14 Pathrusites, Casluhites, and the Caphtorites, from whom the Philistines came.Hebrew Casluhites, from whom the Philistines came, and Caphtorites. Compare Jer 47:4; Amos 9:7.

15 Canaan’s oldest son was Sidon, the ancestor of the Sidonians. Canaan was also the ancestor of the Hittites,Hebrew ancestor of Heth.16 Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites,17 Hivites, Arkites, Sinites,18 Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. The Canaanite clans eventually spread out,19 and the territory of Canaan extended from Sidon in the north to Gerar and Gaza in the south, and east as far as Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, near Lasha.

20 These were the descendants of Ham, identified by clan, language, territory, and national identity.

Descendants of Shem

21 Sons were also born to Shem, the older brother of Japheth.Or Shem, whose older brother was Japheth. Shem was the ancestor of all the descendants of Eber.

22 The descendants of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram.

23 The descendants of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash.

24 Arphaxad was the father of Shelah,Greek version reads Arphaxad was the father of Cainan, Cainan was the father of Shelah. Compare Luke 3:36. and Shelah was the father of Eber.

25 Eber had two sons. The first was named Peleg (which means “division”), for during his lifetime the people of the world were divided into different language groups. His brother’s name was Joktan.

26 Joktan was the ancestor of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba,29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were descendants of Joktan.30 The territory they occupied extended from Mesha all the way to Sephar in the eastern mountains.

31 These were the descendants of Shem, identified by clan, language, territory, and national identity.


32 These are the clans that descended from Noah’s sons, arranged by nation according to their lines of descent. All the nations of the earth descended from these clans after the great flood.

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;

The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,

16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.

17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:

19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.

29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

10 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.

And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.

10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,

14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

15 And Canaan begat Sidon his first born, and Heth,

16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,

17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,

18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

23 And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.

24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.

25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.

26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,

27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,

28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,

29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.

30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.

31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.

32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

Matthew 4:12-25

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison,Mt 14:3 he withdrew to Galilee.Mk 1:1413 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum,Mk 1:21; 9:33; Lk 4:23, 31; Jn 2:12; 4:46, 47 which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—14 to fulfillS Mt 1:22 what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles—

16 the people living in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.”Isaiah 9:1,2Isa 9:1, 2; Lk 2:32; Jn 1:4, 5, 9

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heavenS Mt 3:2 has come near.”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples4:18-22pp — Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:2-11; Jn 1:35-42

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee,Mt 15:29; Mk 7:31; Jn 6:1 he saw two brothers, Simon called PeterMt 16:17, 18 and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.19 “Come, follow me,”ver 20, 22; Mt 8:22; Mk 10:21, 28, 52; Lk 5:28; Jn 1:43; 21:19, 22 Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”20 At once they left their nets and followed him.S ver 19

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.Mt 17:1; 20:20; 26:37; Mk 3:17; 13:3; Lk 8:51; Jn 21:2 They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.S ver 19

Jesus Heals the Sick

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee,Mk 1:39; Lk 4:15, 44 teaching in their synagogues,Mt 9:35; 13:54; Mk 1:21; Lk 4:15; Jn 6:59; 18:20 proclaiming the good newsMk 1:14 of the kingdom,S Mt 3:2; Ac 20:25; 28:23, 31 and healing every disease and sickness among the people.Mt 8:16; 14:14; 15:30; Mk 3:10; Lk 7:22; Ac 10:3824 News about him spread all over Syria,S Lk 2:2 and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed,Mt 8:16, 28; 9:32; 12:22; 15:22; Mk 1:32; 5:15, 16, 18 those having seizures,Mt 17:15 and the paralyzed;Mt 8:6; 9:2; Mk 2:3 and he healed them.25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,That is, the Ten Cities Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.Mk 3:7, 8; Lk 6:17

The Ministry of Jesus Begins

12 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee.13 He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.14 This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali,

beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River,

in Galilee where so many Gentiles live,

16 the people who sat in darkness

have seen a great light.

And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,

a light has shined.”Isa 9:1-2 (Greek version).

17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.Or has come, or is coming soon.

The First Disciples

18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”20 And they left their nets at once and followed him.

21 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too.22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

Crowds Follow Jesus

23 Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.24 News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all.25 Large crowds followed him wherever he went—people from Galilee, the Ten Towns,Greek Decapolis. Jerusalem, from all over Judea, and from east of the Jordan River.

12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:

14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

Psalm 4:1-8

Psalm 4In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer mePs 13:3; 27:7; 69:16; 86:7; 102:2 when I call to you,

my righteous God.

Give me relief from my distress;S Ge 32:7; S Jdg 2:15

have mercyPs 30:10 on me and hear my prayer.Ps 17:6; 54:2; 84:8; 88:2

How long will you people turn my gloryEx 16:7; 1Sa 4:21 into shame?2Ki 19:26; Job 8:22; Ps 35:26

How long will you love delusions and seek false godsOr seek lies?The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.Jdg 2:17; Ps 31:6; 40:4; Jer 13:25; 16:19; Am 2:4

Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servantPs 12:1; 30:4; 31:23; 79:2; Mic 7:2; 1Ti 4:7; 2Pe 3:11 for himself;

the Lord hearsPs 6:8; Mic 7:7 when I call to him.

Tremble andOr In your anger (see Septuagint) do not sin;Eph 4:26*

when you are on your beds,Ps 63:6; Da 2:28

search your hearts and be silent.

Offer the sacrifices of the righteous

and trust in the Lord.Ps 31:6; 115:9; Pr 3:5; 28:26; Isa 26:4; Jn 14:1

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”

Let the light of your face shine on us.Nu 6:25

Fill my heartAc 14:17 with joyIsa 9:3; 35:10; 65:14, 18

when their grain and new wineS Ge 27:28; S Dt 28:51 abound.

In peaceS Nu 6:26; S Job 11:18 I will lie down and sleep,S Lev 26:6

for you alone, Lord,

make me dwell in safety.S Dt 33:28; S Jer 32:37

Psalm 4

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

Answer me when I call to you,

O God who declares me innocent.

Free me from my troubles.

Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people ruin my reputation?

How long will you make groundless accusations?

How long will you continue your lies? Interlude

You can be sure of this:

The Lord set apart the godly for himself.

The Lord will answer when I call to him.

Don’t sin by letting anger control you.

Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude

Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,

and trust the Lord.

Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”

Let your face smile on us, Lord.

You have given me greater joy

than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,

for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 1:20-23

Wisdom’s Rebuke

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,S Job 28:12; Pr 7:10-13; 9:1-3, 13-15

she raises her voice in the public square;

21 on top of the wallSeptuagint; Hebrew / at noisy street corners she cries out,

at the city gate she makes her speech:

22 “How long will you who are simplePr 6:32; 7:7; 8:5; 9:4, 16 love your simple ways?

How long will mockers delight in mockery

and fools hatePs 50:17 knowledge?

23 Repent at my rebuke!

Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,

I will make known to you my teachings.

Wisdom Shouts in the Streets

20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.

She cries out in the public square.

21 She calls to the crowds along the main street,

to those gathered in front of the city gate:

22 “How long, you simpletons,

will you insist on being simpleminded?

How long will you mockers relish your mocking?

How long will you fools hate knowledge?

23 Come and listen to my counsel.

I’ll share my heart with you

and make you wise.

20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

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