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

  • 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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