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Genesis 9:20-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

20 Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant[a] a vineyard. 21 He drank some of the wine, became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a cloak and placed it over both their shoulders, and walking backward, they covered their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father naked.

24 When Noah awoke from his drinking and learned what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said:

Canaan will be cursed.
He will be the lowest of slaves to his brothers.

26 He also said:

Praise the Lord, the God of Shem;
Canaan will be[b] his slave.
27 God will extend[c] Japheth;
he will dwell in the tents of Shem;
Canaan will be his slave.


  1. Genesis 9:20 Or Noah began to be a farmer and planted
  2. Genesis 9:26 As a prophecy; others interpret the verbs in vv. 26-27 as a wish or prayer: let Canaan be . . .
  3. Genesis 9:27 In Hb, the name Japheth sounds like the word “extend.”

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