Genesis 7:1 through 10:32

Background: Genesis chapter 7:1 through 10:32 consist of the account of the flood and the covenant made with Noah. It also includes Noah's begatting. What is is with the Old Testament and all the begatting?

{7:1} And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. {7:2} Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that [are] not clean by two, the male and his female. {7:3} Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 

– I have to admit, somehow I always missed the fact that Yaweh commanded Noah to bring clean beasts by sevens, and it was only those beasts that aren't clean by twos. This is contrary to what I remember as a kid, and definitely contrary to anything I have seen produced commercially or religously about Noah. I guess I learn something everyday. However, this makes it even harder to believe they fit everything in a ship the size of a car ferry. Unless they were only speaking of a localized flood so localized animals (oh and still wouldn't fit, but would sound more reasonable).

{7:4} For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. {7:5} And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. {7:6} And Noah [was] six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

– I will just reiterate that there is no record of a flood in most of the world. I have read somewhere that scientifically there was a flood in this area of the mideast, but that it predated the Hebrew tribes by a long time. I think that would be more likely, that perhaps the Epic of Gilgamesh was about a merchant and his managerie who was travelling down the river when the flood hit. 

{7:7} And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. {7:8} Of clean beasts, and of beasts that [are] not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, {7:9} There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. {7:10} And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

– I thought I just read that god commanded that the clean beasts come in by sevens? Or maybe I am misunderstanding this and the beasts were coming on board in pairs, but there were seven of each clean beast.

{7:11} In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. {7:12} And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. {7:13} In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; {7:14} They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

{7:15} And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life. {7:16} And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. {7:17} And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. {7:18} And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. {7:19} And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that [were] under the whole heaven, were covered. {7:20} Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

– Need to point something out, it says the waters moved upward by fifteen cubits, which translated would either be 21.25 feet at 17 inches a cubit or 50.65 feet at 40.5 inches a cubit. That wouldn't even cover some of the smaller hills here in Washington State where I live. Heck sometimes there is a greater than 50 foot rise in just one block in downtown Seattle. I think this would once again indicate the flood, if it did happen would only effect flat areas of the earth such as the desert. It certainly never happened here in the Pacific Northwest.

– Now, if it was even the smaller amount, of 21.25 feet that would wreak a lot of damage to the area. New Orleans was only under 15 feet of water and look what happened. So I am not saying that the water rising that high wouldn't be catastrophic, it would be. However, it wouldn't submerge the world under water. This also makes me think that the writers of the Old Testament didn't realize what mountains really were.

{7:21} And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: {7:22} All in whose nostrils [was] the breath of life, of all that [was] in the dry [land,] died. {7:23} And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained [alive,] and they that [were] with him in the ark. {7:24} And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

– This still seems like a cruel and vengeful god. What did any child deserve to be drowned. It just seems like he was being petty. No child is evil or corrupt, at least in my opinion.

{8:1} And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that [was] with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; {8:2} The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; {8:3} And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. {8:4} And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. {8:5} And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth [month,] on the first [day] of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. 

– Once again I am having size issues with the ark. So the ship the size of a car ferry was able to carry seven of every clean beast, two of everything else, Noah and his family and enough food stuffs and fresh water (this is even more important, although I could let it go if it was a fresh water flood) to last one hundred and fifty days.

  • The average person now eats 5lbs of food a day optimally (we eat more but thats what we need to eat approximately), even if we halve that for back in the day, that would be 2.5 x 150 = 375lbs of food per person, that isn't too bad. You could store that. I could even say if it was a salt water that a person needs approximately 1 gal of water a day per person for hydration, cooking, cleaning, etc. That is another 150 gallons of water each (which is approximately 1,200lbs of water per person). That is still reasonable.
  • Small cattle weight anywhere from 600 to 1,000lbs and need to eat at least 2.5-4.5% of their weight. So at a very very minimum a single cow will eat 20lbs of food per day (very very starvation minimum) so that is 3,000lbs of feed per cow.
  • Let  us not even point out that feeding wolves, large cats, and other predatory animals require prey animals (you can't just store up extra wheat for a lion). So you would have to feed them prey animals, and feed those prey animals to keep enough alive over the course of the flood to feed the predators.

I think overall this knocks out the idea of being able to carry at the very minimum two of each animal. You couldn't fit them and the foodstuffs required into a ship the size of a ferry.

{8:6} And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: {8:7} And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. {8:8} Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; {8:9} But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters [were] on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. {8:10} And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; {8:11} And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth [was] an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. {8:12} And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

{8:13} And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first [month,] the first [day] of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. {8:14} And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

{8:15} And God spake unto Noah, saying, {8:16} Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. {8:17} Bring forth with thee every living thing that [is] with thee, of all flesh, [both] of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. {8:18} And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him: {8:19} Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, [and] whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

{8:20} And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. {8:21} And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. {8:22} While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. 

– It now at least makes sense why there were seven of each, one was a sacrifice. Good to know that God wants good smelling sacrifice.

{9:1} And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. {9:2} And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. {9:3} Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. {9:4} But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. {9:5} And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. {9:6} Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. {9:7} And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

– If I read this correctly, all animals are directed to kill humans as humans are directed to eat them. Evidently Yaweh is requiring the blood of humans at the hands of beasts. What I am unsure about is that he directs animals to kill humans, humans to kill animals and humans to kill humans, but anyone who kills a human shall his blood also be shed, for he was made in god's image… 

{9:8} And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, {9:9} And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; {9:10} And with every living creature that [is] with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. {9:11} And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. {9:12} And God said, This [is] the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that [is] with you, for perpetual generations: {9:13} I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. {9:14} And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: {9:15} And I will remember my covenant, which [is] between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. {9:16} And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that [is] upon the earth. {9:17} And God said unto Noah, This [is] the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that [is] upon the earth.

– A rainbow is god's seal. I always found that weird, considering all the other cultures and their views on rainbows. However, I am doubtful of the covenant considering the earth wasn't destroyed the first time. Of course I am willing to admit maybe the actual reference is to that area of the world. However, I haven't met a devout Christian yet that doesn't insist it is for the whole world.

{9:18} And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. {9:19} These [are] the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. {9:20} And Noah began [to be] an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: {9:21} And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. {9:22} And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. {9:23} And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid [it] upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces [were] backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. {9:24} And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. {9:25} And he said, Cursed [be] Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. {9:26} And he said, Blessed [be] the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. {9:27} God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

– Because the youngest son saw Noah naked, they are seriously going to make his descendents the servants of the other brothers?

{9:28} And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. {9:29} And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

{10:1} Now these [are] the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. {10:2} The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. {10:3} And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. {10:4} And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. {10:5} By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

{10:6} And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. {10:7} And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. {10:8} And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. {10:9} He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. {10:10} And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. {10:11} Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, {10:12} And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same [is] a great city. {10:13} And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, {10:14} And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

{10:15} And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, {10:16} And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, {10:17} And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, {10:18} And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. {10:19} And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha. {10:20} These [are] the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, [and] in their nations.

{10:21} Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were [children] born. {10:22} The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram. {10:23} And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash. {10:24} And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber. {10:25} And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one [was] Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name [was] Joktan. {10:26} And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazar-maveth, and Jerah, {10:27} And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah, {10:28} And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba, {10:29} And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these [were] the sons of Joktan. {10:30} And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east. {10:31} These [are] the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations. {10:32} These [are] the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood. 

– Ok, going to have to stop it there, the begetting tired me out.














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