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

  • Irene123
    To Susan on Genesis ch. 9 -- I agree with you on that .................
  • Susan
    Romans 10:17. All sin and fall short of the Glory of God. Noah was a good man but sinned by getting drunk. His son Ham took advantage of his fathers drunkeness and sinned His other sons knew this was wrong and covered their father, being careful to not even get a glimpse. All sin but all faithful can be forgiven John 3:16
  • Lu2677
    V.9 Noah drank wine and was drunk, it is not figuratively speaking! V.24 Noah awoke from his wine. There is no context in these 2 v. of devine ecstacy or cultivating truth.
  • Seeker
    Noah's drunkenness describes figuratively a state of divine ecstacy, since his planting of a vineyard implies his cultivation of Truth and Holiness.
  • 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

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