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

  • Unprofitable servant
    I see a lot of confusion on here about what happened with Ham. He is cursed for fornication, it is a sin to see your parents naked according to Leviticus 18:7. He is not cursed for incest, that is heresy. What would covering the mother do to fix the problem? Also, if that were the case, she would be in the midst of sin as well.
  • BSP
    Verse 1: God again stated his purpose that the earth be filled with humans. God values human life.
  • Cheryl Dawn
    Ham should have not told his brothers about his fathers nakedness, but just covered him and kept it to himself. He dishonored his father in his words and actions to God I guess and so was dishonored. It is always good not to gossip. Honoring our parents is important. Not just fathers, but mothers also.
  • Irene123
    V. 19 -" ..... and of them ('them' referring to Noah's sons, not Noah) was the whole earth overspread". God doesn't mention Noah having any more children. Nor are we to 'speculate' on whether he did or not.
  • Irene123
    I do not understand v. 22 - nor do I have any tho'ts on it. But - I do know you cannot later read Lev. 20:11 and 'see' that this incest is the answer. One scripture has nothing to do with the other; there is no corroborating scripture to connect the two.
  • Sakana
    Leviticus 20:11 will make it very clear what Ham did and why Noah cursed the offspring. Shem and Japheth covered up their mother. "And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness" (The very idea that a son simply seeing his father naked would be that big a deal as to curse a grandson is ridiculous.)

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