Genesis 9:3

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euery mouing thing that liueth, shalbe meat for you; euen as the greene herbe haue I giuen you all things.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as {I gave} the green plant.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you; As the green herb have I given you all.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Every living and moving thing will be food for you; I give them all to you as before I gave you all green things.
- Basic English Bible

Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you: as the green herb I give you everything.
- Darby Bible

Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things:
- Webster's Bible

Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. As the green herb, I have given everything to you.
- World English Bible

Every creeping thing that is alive, to you it is for food; as the green herb I have given to you the whole;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Every moving thing that liveth shall be for food for you; as the green herb have I given you all.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 9:3

9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you - Hitherto man had been confined to feed only upon the products of the earth, fruits, herbs and roots, and all sorts of corn and milk; so was the first grant, #Gen 1:29|. But the flood having perhaps washed away much of the virtue of the earth, and so rendered its fruits less pleasing, and less nourishing, God now enlarged the grant, and allowed man to eat flesh, which perhaps man himself never thought of 'till now. The precepts and provisos of this charter are no less kind and gracious, and instances of God's good - will to man. The Jewish doctors speak so often of the seven precepts of Noah, or of the sons of Noah, which they say were to be observed by all nations, that it may not be amiss to set them down. The first against the worship of idols. The second against blasphemy, and requiring to bless the name of God. The third against murder. The fourth against incest and all uncleanness. The fifth against theft and rapine. The sixth requiring the administration of justice. The seventh against eating flesh with the life. These the Jews required the observation of, from the proselytes of the gate. But the precepts here given, all concern the life of man. Man must not prejudice his own life by eating that food which is unwholsome, and prejudicial to his health.

Discussion for Genesis 9

  • Marcelo
    Noah cursed his son Ham, who was the predestinated to be the father of Canaan, and Ham sinned when he saw the nakedness of Noah, so that was the reason for what Canaan was cursed, for this reason Canaan become the servants of servants of his brethren. Ham and his descendants were the ones to replenish the earth of all that regions of Canaan throughout Africa, so Japheth in the tends of Shem.
  • Nige'
    Charity eze's. At that time there was a culture that attributed the conduct character of an individual to the father: e.g, after David had slain Goliath Saul enquired whose son David was - 1Sam 17:55-58, also 1Kings 5:7 and many others, as Soloman himself taught, Prov 22:6 train up the child in the way he should go... Had Noah cursed Ham, he would have been attributing the character and actions on Ham to himself in pronouncing the curse toward Canaan he was clearly showing where the source of the wickedness lay. Though it's not immediately obvious, Noah actually then blesses Canaan: the declaration "a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren" follows the same cultural idiom used later on in phrases such as King of kings and Lord of lords. It's a statement of declaring excellence. History has indeed shown that the descendants of Canaan have indeed served many nations through their creativity and ingenuity.
  • JP
    Hey there my friend. It was Noah, not God, who cursed Canaan. Many thanks to you and have a nice day! God bless
  • Charity eze
    Why God cursed the son of Ham Canaan and not Ham him self. I need to know why. If we do something wrong , the course goes to the innocent children? What of the person has no child to who will the punishment go? Pls, I would like to know
  • Lee
    James. Any man can fall into sin, as none is perfect. Only God is perfect.
  • How Can a Prophet get drunk? Isnt he supposed to be perfect and clean and without sin??

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