Genesis 9:4

“But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eate.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, {that is,} its blood.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But flesh with the life thereof, `which is' the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But flesh with the life-blood in it you may not take for food.
- Basic English Bible

Only, the flesh with its life, its blood, ye shall not eat.
- Darby Bible

But flesh with the life of it, which is its blood, shall ye not eat.
- Webster's Bible

But flesh with its life, its blood, you shall not eat.
- World English Bible

only flesh in its life -- its blood -- ye do not eat.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Only flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 9:4


9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat - Blood made atonement for the soul, #Lev 17:11|. The life of the sacrifice was accepted for the life of the sinner. Blood must not be looked upon as a common thing, but must be poured out before the Lord, #2Sam 23:16|. Mr. Henry indeed has a strange conceit, That this is only a prohibition to eat flesh. This does such apparent violence to the text, that to mention it, is sufficient.


Discussion for Genesis 9

  • Eddie
    don't understand,why noah cursed shem,and canaan,can you clairyfiey why noah cursed them please.
  • Irene123
    To Netlace - You have done the same thing you have said I did. Nothing in Gen. says the 'wine' from the ark. It says nothing about 'wine' - fermented or not and nothing about grapes. How do you know there was wine on the ark? This is just an observation; no judging; please believe that.
  • Netlace
    RNM I agree 100 with you, would love to here more of your idea of the earth. Most know it is not a spinning marble chasing the sun, headed for hurcules...... Or I sure hope they do.... Bible proves it is stable.
  • Netlace
    The changing of grape juice to wine would occur quickly after the flood vs before because of the fall of the canopy. Whether the wine was leftover from before the flood or after, the new conditions of earth was new to Noah. I don't believe the age of his grandson is disclosed so time unknown. But prior to the flood wine kept a long time as unfermented. Noah walked with God, this was unintentional.
  • Netlace
    Irene123 ,, The reason for Noah becoming "drunk" is the wine had fermented because of the year in the ark. Someone who is not used to strong drink would easily become intoxicated. I am only aware of one occasion. He did not turn to drunken-ness. Please do not add such things, others may believe it to be truth...
  • Irene123
    To Charity eze - You need to KNOW - God is in CONTROL of everything - even our words. Noah was God's man - even though he turned to drunkenness after the flood; God still honored him. No one knows what Ham did, but- it was awful. God honored Noah's curse, and ONLY God had power to put it into effect. We have no power. Why Canaan? I have no answer for that. THAT - is God's business, not mine.

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