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20 Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. 21 He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.(A) 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,

“Cursed be Canaan;
    lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers.”(B)

26 He also said,

“Blessed by the Lord my God be Shem,
    and let Canaan be his slave.(C)
27 May God make space for Japheth,[a]
    and let him live in the tents of Shem,
    and let Canaan be his slave.”(D)

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  1. 9.27 In Heb Japheth resembles the verb for make space