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The New International Readers Version (NIrV) of the Bible is based on the popular New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. The NIrV contains shorter sentences and words that are easier to understand, making it a great choice for English as a Second Language (ESL) readers. It is written at a third grade reading level, so it is great for readers of all ages.

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ZONDERVAN

ePub Edition January 2009 ISBN 978-031-0-41369-1

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Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version®

Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society

The NIrV text may be quoted for non-commercial usage in any form (written, visual, electronic and audio) up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without the express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL READER’S VERSION®. Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

When quotations from the NIrV text are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (NIrV) must appear at the end of each quotation.

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You will be pleased to know that a portion of the purchase price of your new NIrV Bible has been provided to International Bible Society to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world!

Contents

Copyright page

A Word About the NIrV

The Old Testament

Genesis

Exodus

Leviticus

Numbers

Deuteronomy

Joshua

Judges

Ruth

1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles

Ezra

Nehemiah

Esther

Job

Psalms

Proverbs

Ecclesiastes

Song of Songs

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Lamentations

Ezekiel

Daniel

Hosea

Joel

Amos

Obadiah

Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

Zephaniah

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

The New Testament

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Acts

Romans

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy

Titus

Philemon

Hebrews

James

1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John

Jude

Revelation

Dictionary

Great Bible Stories

A Word About the

New International Reader’s

Version

Have You Ever Heard of the New International Version?

We call it the NIV. A lot of people read the NIV. In fact, more people read the NIV than any other English Bible. They like it because it’s easy to read.

And now we are happy to give you another Bible that’s easy to read and understand. It’s the New International Reader’s Version. We call it the NIrV.

Who Will Enjoy Reading the New International Reader’s Version?

We made sure that people who are just starting to read could understand and enjoy the NIrV. Children will be able to read it and understand it. So will older people who are learning how to read or those who are reading the Bible for the first time. So will people who have a hard time understanding what they read. And so will people who use English as their second language. We hope this Bible will be just right for you.

How Is the NIrV Different From the NIV?

The NIrV is based on the NIV. The NIV Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) didn’t produce the NIrV. But several members of CBT worked hard to make the NIrV possible. We used the words of the NIV when we could. When the NIV words were long, we used words that were shorter. We wanted to use words that are easy to understand. We explained words that might be hard to understand in a dictionary at the back of the Bible. We also made the NIrV sentences much shorter.

Why did we do all of those things? Because we wanted to make the NIrV really easy to read and understand.

What Other Helps Does the NIrV Have?

We decided to give you a lot of other help too. For example, sometimes a verse is quoted from another place in the Bible. When it is, we put the Bible book’s name, chapter and verse right after the verse that quotes another place.

We separated each chapter into shorter sections. We gave a title to almost every chapter. Sometimes we even gave a title to a section. We did it to help you understand what the chapter or section is all about.

Sometimes the writers of the Bible used more than one name for the same person or place. For example, in the New Testament the Sea of Galilee is also called the Sea of Gennesaret and the Sea of Tiberias. But in the NIrV we decided to call it the Sea of Galilee everywhere it appears in the New Testament. We did it because that is its most familiar name.

We also wanted to help our readers learn the names of people and places even in verses where those names don’t actually appear. For example, when we knew that ‘the River‘ meant ‘the Euphrates River,‘ we used those words even in verses where only the words ‘the River‘ are found. When we knew that the name of ‘Pharaoh‘ in a certain verse was ‘Hophra,‘ we wrote his name in that verse. We did all of those things because we wanted to make the NIrV as clear as possible.

Does the NIrV Say What the First Writers of the Bible Said?

We wanted the NIrV to say just what the first writers of the Bible said. So we kept checking the Greek New Testament as we did our work. That’s because the New Testament’s first writers used Greek.

We used the best and oldest copies of the Greek New Testament. Earlier English Bibles couldn’t use those copies because they had not yet been found. The oldest Greek New Testaments are best because they are closer in time to the ones the first Bible writers wrote. That’s why we kept checking the older copies instead of newer ones.

Later copies of the Greek New Testament added several verses that the earlier ones don’t have. Sometimes it’s several verses in a row. When that’s the case, we included them in the NIrV. But we set those verses off with a long line. That tells you that the first writers didn’t write them. The verses were added later on. You will find the long lines at Mark 16:9–20 and John 7:53–8:11. Sometimes it’s a single verse. An example is Mark 9:44. That verse is not in the oldest Greek New Testaments. So we put the number 43/44 right before Mark 9:43. Then you can look on the list below for Mark 9:44 and locate the verse that was added.

Verses That Were Not Found in Earliest Greek New Testaments

Matthew 17:21

But that kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 18:11

The Son of Man came to save what was lost.

Matthew 23:1

How terrible for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You pretenders! You take over the houses of widows. You say long prayers to show off. So God will punish you much more.

Mark 7:16

Everyone who has ears to hear should listen.

Mark 9:44

In hell, " ‘the worms don’t die, and the fire doesn’t go out.’

Mark 9:46

In hell, " ‘the worms don’t die, and the fire doesn’t go out.’

Mark 11:26

But if you do not forgive, your Father who is in heaven will not forgive your sins either.

Mark 15:28

Scripture came true. It says, And he was counted among those who disobey the law.

Luke 17:36

Two men will be in the field. One will be taken and the other left.

Luke 23:17

It was Pilate’s duty to let one prisoner go free for them at the Feast.

John 5:4

From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down. The angel would stir up the waters. The first disabled person to go into the pool after it was stirred would be healed.

Acts 8:37

Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you can. The official answered, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Acts 15:34

But Silas decided to remain there.

Acts 24:7

But Lysias, the commander, came. By using a lot of force, he took Paul from our hands.

Acts 28:29

After he said that, the Jews left. They were arguing strongly among themselves.

Romans 16:24

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.

What Is Our Prayer for You?

The Lord has blessed the New International Version in a wonderful way. He has used it to help millions of Bible readers. Many people have put their faith in Jesus after reading it. Many others have become stronger believers because they have read it.

We hope and pray that the New International Reader’s Version will help you in the same way. If that happens, we will give God all of the glory.

A Word About This Edition

This edition of the New International Reader’s Version has been revised so that the gender language more closely matches that of the New International Version. When we prepared this new edition, we had help from people who were not part of the first team. We want to thank them for their help. They are Ben Aker from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Paul House from the Southern Baptist Seminary, and Scott Munger from International Bible Society.

The

Old Testament

Genesis

Chapter In Genesis

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 1

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 2

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 3

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 4

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 6

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 9

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 10

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 11

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 12

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 13

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 14

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 15

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 16

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 17

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 18

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 19

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 20

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 21

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 22

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 23

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 24

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60

61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 25

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 26

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 27

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 28

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 29

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 30

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

41, 42, 43

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 31

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

51, 52, 53, 54, 55

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 32

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 33

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 34

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 35

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 36

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

41, 42, 43

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 37

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 38

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 39

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 40

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 41

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 42

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 43

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 44

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 45

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 46

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33, 34

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 47

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 48

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 49

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

31, 32, 33

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Verses In Genesis Chapter 50

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

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Genesis

Introduction:

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. The word Genesis means beginnings. This book tells how the world began. Moses wrote the book of Genesis. He wrote about Adam and Eve’s sin. He wrote about God’s love. This book tells of God’s special people. Some of these people are Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

The first five books of the Bible are called the books of the law. These books were God’s instructions to the people of Israel. Genesis is one of these books because it tells how Israel became God’s people.

Outline of contents:

All things begin (1:1–2:25)

People sin (3:1–5:32)

Noah and the flood (6:1–9:29)

The tall tower (10:1–11:32)

The life of Abraham (12:1–25:18)

Isaac and his family (25:19–26:35)

Jacob and his sons (27:1–37:1)

The life of Joseph (37:2–50:26)


The Beginning

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. ²The earth didn’t have any shape. And it was empty. Darkness was over the surface of the ocean. At that time, the ocean covered the earth. The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

³God said, Let there be light. And there was light. ⁴God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness. ⁵God called the light day. He called the darkness night. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day one.

⁶God said, Let there be a huge space between the waters. Let it separate water from water. ⁷And that’s exactly what happened. God made the huge space between the waters. He separated the water that was under the space from the water that was above it. ⁸God called the huge space sky. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.

⁹God said, Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place. Let dry ground appear. And that’s exactly what happened. ¹⁰God called the dry ground land. He called the waters that were gathered together oceans. And God saw that it was good.

¹¹Then God said, Let the land produce plants. Let them bear their own seeds. And let there be trees on the land that bear fruit with seeds in it. Let each kind of plant or tree have its own kind of seeds. And that’s exactly what happened.

¹²The land produced plants. Each kind of plant had its own kind of seeds. The land produced trees that bore fruit with seeds in it. Each kind of tree had its own kind of seeds.

God saw that it was good. ¹³And there was evening, and there was morning. It was day three.

¹⁴God said, Let there be lights in the huge space of the sky. Let them separate the day from the night. Let them serve as signs to mark off the seasons and the days and the years. ¹⁵Let them serve as lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth. And that’s exactly what happened.

¹⁶God made two great lights. He made the larger light to rule over the day. He made the smaller light to rule over the night. He also made the stars.

¹⁷God put the lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth. ¹⁸He put them there to rule over the day and the night. He put them there to separate light from darkness.

God saw that it was good. ¹⁹And there was evening, and there was morning. It was day four.

²⁰God said, Let the waters be filled with living things. Let birds fly above the earth across the huge space of the sky. ²¹So God created the great creatures of the ocean. He created every living and moving thing that fills the waters. He created all kinds of them. He created every kind of bird that flies. And God saw that it was good.

²²God blessed them. He said, Have little ones and increase your numbers. Fill the water in the oceans. Let there be more and more birds on the earth.

²³There was evening, and there was morning. It was day five.

²⁴God said, Let the land produce all kinds of living creatures. Let there be livestock, and creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals. Let there be all kinds of them. And that’s exactly what happened.

²⁵God made all kinds of wild animals. He made all kinds of livestock. He made all kinds of creatures that move along the ground. And God saw that it was good.

²⁶Then God said, Let us make man in our likeness. Let them rule over the fish in the waters and the birds of the air. Let them rule over the livestock and over the whole earth. Let them rule over all of the creatures that move along the ground.

²⁷So God created man in his own likeness.

He created him in the likeness of God.

He created them as male and female.

²⁸God blessed them. He said to them, Have children and increase your numbers. Fill the earth and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the waters and the birds of the air. Rule over every living creature that moves on the ground.

²⁹Then God said, "I am giving you every plant on the face of the whole earth that bears its own seeds. I am giving you every tree that has fruit with seeds in it. All of them will be given to you for food.

³⁰I am giving every green plant to all of the land animals and the birds of the air for food. I am also giving the plants to all of the creatures that move on the ground. I am giving them to every living thing that breathes. And that’s exactly what happened.

³¹God saw everything he had made. And it was very good. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day six.

2 So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed.

²By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing. So on the seventh day he rested from all of his work. ³God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. He rested on it. After he had created everything, he rested from all of the work he had done.

Adam and Eve

⁴Here is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

The LORD God made the earth and the heavens. ⁵At that time, bushes had not appeared on the earth. Plants had not come up in the fields. The LORD God had not sent rain on the earth. And there wasn’t any man to work the ground. ⁶But streams came up from the earth. They watered the whole surface of the ground.

⁷Then the LORD God formed a man. He made him out of the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into him. And the man became a living person.

⁸The LORD God had planted a garden in the east. It was in Eden. There he put the man he had formed. ⁹The LORDof the first river is the Pishon God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground. Their fruit was pleasing to look at and good to eat.

The tree that gives life forever was in the middle of the garden. The tree that gives the ability to tell the difference between good and evil was also there.

¹⁰A river watered the garden. It flowed from Eden. From there it separated into four other rivers.

¹¹The name of the first river is the Pishon. It winds through the whole land of Havilah. Gold is found there. ¹²The gold of that land is good. Onyx and sweet-smelling resin are also found there.

¹³The name of the second river is the Gihon. It winds through the whole land of Cush. ¹⁴The name of the third river is the Tigris. It runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

¹⁵The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden. He put him there to work its ground and to take care of it.

¹⁶The LORD God gave the man a command. He said, You can eat the fruit of any tree that is in the garden. ¹⁷But you must not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you can be sure that you will die.

¹⁸The LORD God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.

¹⁹The LORD God had formed all of the wild animals. He had also formed all of the birds of the air. He had made all of them out of the ground. He brought them to the man to see what names he would give them. And the name the man gave each living creature became its name.

²⁰So the man gave names to all of the livestock. He gave names to all of the birds of the air. And he gave names to all of the wild animals.

But Adam didn’t find a helper that was right for him. ²¹So the LORD God caused him to fall into a deep sleep. While the man was sleeping, the LORD God took out one of his ribs. He closed up the opening that was in his side.

²²Then the LORD God made a woman. He made her from the rib he had taken out of the man. And he brought her to him.

²³The man said,

"Her bones have come from my bones.

Her body has come from my body.

She will be named ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of a man."

²⁴That’s why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The two of them will become one.

²⁵The man and his wife were both naked. They didn’t feel any shame.

Adam and Eve Fall Into Sin

3 The serpent was more clever than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. The serpent said to the woman, Did God really say, ‘You must not eat the fruit of any tree that is in the garden’?

²The woman said to the serpent, We can eat the fruit of the trees that are in the garden. ³But God did say, ‘You must not eat the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden. Do not even touch it. If you do, you will die.’

You can be sure that you won’t die, the serpent said to the woman. ⁵God knows that when you eat the fruit of that tree, you will know things you have never known before. You will be able to tell the difference between good and evil. You will be like God.

⁶The woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good to eat. It was also pleasing to look at. And it would make a person wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. And he ate it.

⁷Then both of them knew things they had never known before. They realized they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made clothes for themselves.

⁸Then the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking in the garden. It was the coolest time of the day. They hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

⁹But the LORD God called out to the man. Where are you? he asked.

¹⁰I heard you in the garden, the man answered. I was afraid. I was naked, so I hid.

¹¹The LORD God said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten the fruit of the tree I commanded you not to eat?

¹²The man said, It was the woman you put here with me. She gave me some fruit from the tree. And I ate it.

¹³Then the LORD God said to the woman, What have you done?

The woman said, The serpent tricked me. That’s why I ate the fruit.

¹⁴So the LORD God spoke to the serpent. He said, "Because you have done this,

"I am putting a curse on you.

You are cursed more than all of the livestock

and all of the wild animals.

You will crawl on the ground.

You will eat dust all of the days of your life.

¹⁵I will put hatred

between you and the woman.

Your children and her children will be enemies.

Her son will crush your head.

And you will crush his heel."

¹⁶The LORD God said to the woman,

"I will greatly increase your pain when you give birth.

You will be in pain when you have children.

You will long for your husband.

And he will rule over you."

¹⁷The LORD God said to Adam, "You listened to your wife. You ate the fruit of the tree that I commanded you about. I said, ‘You must not eat its fruit.’

"So I am putting a curse on the ground because of what you did.

All the days of your life you will have

to work hard to get food from the ground.

¹⁸You will eat the plants of the field,

even though the ground produces thorns and thistles.

¹⁹You will have to work hard and sweat a lot

to produce the food you eat.

You were made out of the ground.

And you will return to it.

You are dust.

So you will return to it."

²⁰Adam named his wife Eve. She would become the mother of every living person.

²¹The LORD God made clothes out of animal skins for Adam and his wife to wear. ²²The LORD God said, The man has become like one of us. He can now tell the difference between good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick fruit from the tree of life and eat it. If he does, he will live forever.

²³So the LORD God drove the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he had been made out of. ²⁴The LORD God drove him out and then placed cherubim on the east side of the Garden of Eden. He also placed a flaming sword there. It flashed back and forth. The cherubim and the sword guarded the way to the tree of life.

Cain and Abel

4 Adam made love to his wife Eve. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, With the LORD’s help I have had a baby boy. ²Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Abel took care of sheep. Cain worked the ground. ³After some time, Cain gathered some of the things he had grown. He brought them as an offering to the LORD.

⁴But Abel brought the fattest parts of some of the lambs from his flock. They were the male animals that were born first to their mothers.

The LORD was pleased with Abel and his offering. ⁵But he wasn’t pleased with Cain and his offering. So Cain became very angry. His face was sad.

⁶Then the LORD said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why are you looking so sad? ⁷Do what is right. Then you will be accepted. If you don’t do what is right, sin is waiting at your door to grab you. It longs to have you. But you must rule over it.

⁸Cain said to his brother Abel, Let’s go out to the field. So they went out. There Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

⁹Then the LORD said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel?

I don’t know, he replied. Am I supposed to look after my brother?

¹⁰The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.

¹¹So I am putting a curse on you. I am driving you away from the ground. It has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. ¹²When you work the ground, it will not produce its crops for you anymore. You will be a restless person who wanders around on the earth.

¹³Cain said to the LORD, You are punishing me more than I can take. ¹⁴Today you are driving me away from the land. I will be hidden from you. I’ll be a restless person who wanders around on the earth. Anyone who finds me will kill me.

¹⁵But the LORD said to him, No. Anyone who kills you will be paid back seven times. The LORD put a mark on Cain. Then anyone who found him wouldn’t kill him.

¹⁶So Cain went away from the LORD. He lived in the land of Nod. It was east of Eden.

¹⁷Cain made love to his wife. She became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. At that time Cain was building a city. He named it after his son Enoch.

¹⁸Enoch had a son named Irad. Irad was the father of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael. And Methushael was the father of Lamech.

¹⁹Lamech married two women. One was named Adah, and the other was named Zillah. ²⁰Adah gave birth to Jabal. He was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. ²¹His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of everyone who plays the harp and flute.

²²Zillah also had a son. His name was Tubal-Cain. He made all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

²³Lamech said to his wives,

"Adah and Zillah, listen to me.

You wives of Lamech, hear my words.

I have killed a man because he wounded me.

I have killed a young man because he hurt me.

²⁴Anyone who would have killed Cain would have been paid back seven times.

But anyone who hurts me will be paid back 77 times."

²⁵Adam made love to his wife again. She gave birth to a son and named him Seth. She said, God has given me another child. The child will take the place of Abel, because Cain killed him.

²⁶Seth also had a son. He named him Enosh.

At that time people began to worship the LORD.

The Family Line of Adam

5 Here is the written story of Adam’s family line.

When God created man, he made him in his own likeness. ²He created them as male and female. He blessed them. And he called them man when they were created.

³When Adam was 130 years old, he had a son in his own likeness. He named him Seth. ⁴Adam lived 800 years after Seth was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ⁵Adam lived a total of 930 years. Then he died.

⁶Seth lived 105 years. Then he became the father of Enosh. ⁷Seth lived 807 years after Enosh was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ⁸Seth lived a total of 912 years. Then he died.

⁹Enosh lived 90 years. Then he became the father of Kenan. ¹⁰Enosh lived 815 years after Kenan was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ¹¹Enosh lived a total of 905 years. Then he died.

¹²Kenan lived 70 years. Then he became the father of Mahalalel. ¹³Kenan lived 840 years after Mahalalel was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ¹⁴Kenan lived a total of 910 years. Then he died.

¹⁵Mahalalel lived 65 years. Then he became the father of Jared. ¹⁶Mahalalel lived 830 years after Jared was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ¹⁷Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years. Then he died.

¹⁸Jared lived 162 years. Then he became the father of Enoch. ¹⁹Jared lived 800 years after Enoch was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ²⁰Jared lived a total of 962 years. Then he died.

²¹Enoch lived 65 years. Then he became the father of Methuselah. ²²Enoch walked with God 300 years after Methuselah was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ²³Enoch lived a total of 365 years.

²⁴Enoch walked with God. Then he couldn’t be found, because God took him from this life.

²⁵Methuselah lived 187 years. Then he became the father of Lamech. ²⁶Methuselah lived 782 years after Lamech was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ²⁷Methuselah lived a total of 969 years. Then he died.

²⁸Lamech lived 182 years. Then he had a son. ²⁹He named him Noah. Lamech said, He will comfort us when we are working. He’ll comfort us when our hands work so hard they hurt. We have to work hard. That’s because the LORD has put a curse on the ground.

³⁰Lamech lived 595 years after Noah was born. He also had other sons and daughters. ³¹Lamech lived a total of 777 years. Then he died.

³²After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

The Flood

6 Men began to increase their numbers on the earth, and daughters were born to them. ²The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful. So they married any of them they chose.

³Then the LORD said, My Spirit will not struggle with man forever. He will die. He will have only 120 years to live until I judge him.

⁴The Nephilim were on the earth in those days. That was when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. The Nephilim were the heroes of long ago. They were famous men. Nephilim were also on the earth later on.

⁵The LORD saw how bad the sins of man had become on the earth. All of the thoughts in his heart were always directed only toward what was evil. ⁶The LORD was very sad that he had made man on the earth. His heart was filled with pain. ⁷So the LORD said, I created man on the earth. But I will wipe them out. I will destroy people and animals alike. I will also destroy the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air. I am very sad that I have made man.

⁸But the LORD was pleased with Noah.

⁹Here is the story of Noah.

Noah was a godly man. He was without blame among the people of his time. He walked with God. ¹⁰Noah had three sons. Their names were Shem, Ham and Japheth.

¹¹The earth was very sinful in God’s eyes. It was full of mean and harmful acts. ¹²God saw how sinful the earth had become. All of the people on earth were leading very sinful lives.

¹³So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people. They have filled the earth with their harmful acts. You can be sure that I am going to destroy both them and the earth.

¹⁴"So make yourself an ark out of cypress wood. Make rooms in it. Cover it with tar inside and out. ¹⁵Here is how I want you to build it. The ark has to be 450 feet long. It has to be 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. ¹⁶Make a roof for it. Leave the sides of the ark open a foot and a half from the top. Put a door in one side of the ark. Make lower, middle and upper decks.

¹⁷"I am going to bring a flood on the earth. It will destroy all life under the sky. It will destroy every living creature that breathes. Everything on earth will die.

¹⁸"But I will make my covenant with you. You will enter the ark. Your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives will enter it with you.

¹⁹"Bring two of every living thing into the ark. Bring male and female of them into it. They will be kept alive with you. ²⁰Two of every kind of bird will come to you. Two of every kind of animal will come to you. And two of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you. All of them will be kept alive with you.

²¹Take every kind of food that you will need. Store it away. It will be food for you and for them.

²²Noah did everything exactly as God commanded him.

7Then the LORD said to Noah, "Go into the ark with your whole family. I know that you are a godly man among the people of today.

²"Take seven of every kind of ‘clean’ animal with you. Take male and female of them. Take two of every kind of animal that is not ‘clean.’ Take male and female of them. ³Also take seven of every kind of bird. Take male and female of them. That will keep every kind alive. Then they can spread out again over the whole earth.

Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth. It will rain for 40 days and 40 nights. I will destroy from the face of the earth every living thing I have made.

⁵Noah did everything the LORD commanded him to do.

⁶Noah was 600 years old when the flood came on the earth. ⁷He and his sons entered the ark. His wife and his sons’ wives went with them. They entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.

⁸Pairs of clean animals and pairs of animals that were not clean came to Noah. So did pairs of birds and pairs of all of the creatures that move along the ground. ⁹Male and female of all of them came to Noah and entered the ark.

Everything happened exactly as God had commanded Noah. ¹⁰After seven days the flood came on the earth.

¹¹Noah was 600 years old. It was the 17th day of the second month of the year. On that day all of the springs at the bottom of the oceans burst open. God opened the windows of the skies. ¹²Rain fell on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.

¹³On that same day Noah entered the ark together with Shem, Ham and Japheth. Noah’s wife and the wives of his three sons also entered it.

¹⁴They had every kind of wild animal with them. They had every kind of livestock. They had every kind of creature that moves along the ground. And they had every kind of bird that flies. ¹⁵Pairs of all living creatures that breathe came to Noah and entered the ark. ¹⁶The animals going in were male and female of every living thing.

Everything happened exactly as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.

¹⁷For 40 days the flood kept coming on the earth. As the waters rose higher, they lifted the ark high above the earth. ¹⁸The waters rose higher and higher on the earth. And the ark floated on the water.

¹⁹The waters rose on the earth until all of the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. ²⁰The waters continued to rise until they covered the mountains by more than 20 feet.

²¹Every living thing that moved on the earth died. The birds, the livestock and the wild animals died. All of the creatures that fill the earth also died. And so did every human being. ²²Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in it died. ²³Every living thing on the earth was wiped out. People and animals were destroyed. The creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped out.

Everything was destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark were left.

²⁴The waters flooded the earth for 150 days.

8 But God showed concern for Noah. He also showed concern for all of the wild animals and livestock that were with Noah in the ark.

So God sent a wind over the earth. And the waters began to go down. ²The springs at the bottom of the oceans had been closed. The windows of the skies had been closed. And the rain had stopped falling from the sky.

³The water continued to go down from the earth. At the end of the 150 days the water had gone down. ⁴On the 17th day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. ⁵The waters continued to go down until the tenth month. On the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains could be seen.

⁶After 40 days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark. ⁷He sent a raven out. It kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.

⁸Then Noah sent a dove out. He wanted to see if the water had gone down from the surface of the ground. ⁹But the dove couldn’t find any place to put its feet down. There was still water over the whole surface of the earth. So the dove returned to Noah in the ark. Noah reached out his hand and took the dove in. He brought it back to himself in the ark.

¹⁰He waited seven more days. Then he sent the dove out from the ark again. ¹¹In the evening the dove returned to him. There in its beak was a freshly picked olive leaf! So Noah knew that the water on the earth had gone down.

¹²He waited seven more days. Then he sent the dove out again. But that time it didn’t return to him.

¹³It was the first day of the first month of Noah’s 601st year. The water had dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering from the ark. He saw that the surface of the ground was dry. ¹⁴By the 27th day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

¹⁵Then God said to Noah, ¹⁶"Come out of the ark. Bring your wife and your sons and their wives with you.

¹⁷Bring out every kind of living thing that is with you. Bring the birds, the animals, and all of the creatures that move along the ground. Then they can multiply on the earth. They can have little ones and increase their numbers.

¹⁸So Noah came out of the ark. His sons and his wife and his sons’ wives were with him. ¹⁹All of the animals came out of the ark. The creatures that move along the ground also came out. So did all of the birds. Everything that moves on the earth came out of the ark. One kind after another came out.

²⁰Then Noah built an altar to honor the LORD. He took some of all of the clean animals and birds. He sacrificed burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar.

²¹Their smell was pleasant to the LORD. He said to himself, "I will never put a curse on the ground again because of man. I will not do it even though his heart is always directed toward what is evil. His thoughts are evil from the time he is young. I will never destroy all living things again, as I have just done.

²²"As long as the earth lasts,

there will always be a time to plant

and a time to gather the crops.

As long as the earth lasts, there will always be cold and heat.

There will always be summer and winter,

day and night."

God Makes a Covenant With Noah

9Then God gave his blessing to Noah and his sons. He said to them, "Have children and increase your numbers. Fill the earth.

²"All of the land animals will be afraid of you. All of the birds of the air will fear you. Every creature that moves along the ground will fear you. Every fish in the oceans will also be afraid of you. Every living thing is put under your control.

³"Everything that lives and moves 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. ⁵You can be sure that I will 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 man will be killed by man.

That is because I have made man

in my own likeness.

Have children and increase your numbers. Multiply on the earth and increase your numbers on it.

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 of your children who will be born after you. ¹⁰I am making it also with every living thing that was with you in the ark. I am making my covenant with the birds, the livestock and all of the wild animals. I am making it with all of the creatures that came out of the ark with you. I am making it with every living thing on earth.

¹¹Here is my covenant that I am making with you. The waters of a flood will never destroy all life again. A flood will never destroy the earth again.

¹²God continued, "My covenant is between me and you and every living thing 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 thing. The waters will never become a flood to destroy all life again.

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 thing 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 worked the ground. He decided to plant a vineyard. ²¹He drank some of its wine. It made him drunk. Then he lay down inside his tent without any clothes on. ²²Ham saw his father’s naked body. Ham was the father of Canaan. Ham went outside and told his two brothers.

²³But Shem and Japheth took a piece of clothing. They laid it across their shoulders. Then they walked backward into the tent. They covered their father’s body. They turned their faces away. They didn’t want to see their father’s naked body.

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 blessed.

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 their slave."

²⁸After the flood Noah lived 350 years. ²⁹Noah lived a total of 950 years. Then he died.

A List of Nations

10 Here is the story of Shem, Ham and Japheth. They were Noah’s sons. After the flood, they too had sons.

The Sons of Japheth

²The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and