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Genesis 9:24-27 Living Bible (TLB)

24-25 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor, and learned what had happened and what Ham, his younger son, had done, he cursed Ham’s descendants:[a]

“A curse upon the Canaanites,” he swore.
“May they be the lowest of slaves
To the descendants of Shem and Japheth.”

26-27 Then he said,

“God bless Shem,
And may Canaan be his slave.[b]
God bless Japheth,
And let him share the prosperity of Shem,
And let Canaan be his slave.”


  1. Genesis 9:24 he cursed Ham’s descendants, literally, “cursed be Canaan.” The Canaanites were Ham’s descendants.
  2. Genesis 9:26 God bless Shem, and may Canaan be his slave, or “Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem, and may the Canaanites be Shem’s slaves.”
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