Genesis 9

Chapter 9

9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
9:2 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.
9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

  • Finally, at least humans are allowed to be carnivorous!

9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
9:5 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.
9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
9:10 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.
9:11 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.

  • But then, why do floods still occur?

9:12 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:
9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

  • Apparently, God fails to realize that a rainbow is a simple refraction effect from sunlight against water droplets. A rainbow does not exist “in the cloud”; it doesn’t exist at all: it is an optical illusion. Anyone who owns a garden hose can produce a rainbow on a sunny day with no clouds. So is that all that this “covenant” is — an illusion?

9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
9:15 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.
9:16 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.

  • Is the LORD saying that he needs the rainbow just to remember this “covenant”? Isn’t his memory supposed to be a little better than that?

9:17 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.
9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

  • Again, just like with Adam and Eve, we have a very serious genetic bottleneck here. How did they “overspread” the earth with just eight genetic samples?
    This also applies to the animals that came from the Ark, most of which had only two genetic samples.

9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

  • Growing a vineyard — naturally, the most perfect, noble thing to do for the most righteous human being in the world.

9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

  • Noah the Righteous lay drunk and naked in his “tent.” Remind me what exactly possessed God to save Noah, and not some other person who is, perhaps, not such a raging alcoholic? Why was he laying around naked?

9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
9:23 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.
9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

    What just happened? Let’s review the order of events:

  • Ham sees Noah naked in his tent and tells his brothers Shem and Japheth about it.
  • Shem and Japheth cover up Noah without looking at him.
  • Noah wakes up hungover and curses Canaan (???) because Ham had done something “unto him.”
  • Of all the WTF-worthy moments in the Bible, this has to be one of the greatest.
    What did Ham do “unto” Noah while he was naked and passed-out, and how did Noah realize it?

    Noah cursed Canaan to be the servant of his brothers, despite the fact that Canaan had nothing to do with any of this! It doesn’t get more righteous than that.

9:26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
9:27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
9:28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
9:29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

We still have no information about what happens to people “after” they die. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to know if Noah or any of the other Biblical figures went to “heaven” or “hell”? Apparently, according to this author, nothing happens: “and he died.” That’s it.