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Noah (from the Hebrew meaning Rest or Comfort), son of Lamech, was the tenth and last of the antediluvian Patriarchs and father of Ham, Shem, and Japheth. Noah is probably best known for the Genesis Flood which came in his time. His story is contained in the book of Genesis, chapters 5 through 9.



We meet Noah in Genesis 5:32 at the age of 500 with three children: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

In Chapter 6 we find out that the earth is digressing into sin and this grieves the heart of God who feels grieved that he even made men. So he decides to wipe all life from the face of the earth, except Noah finds favor with God.

Flood and Noah's Ark[]

We read that Noah was righteous, blameless, and walked with God. God told Noah about the impending flood that was going to happen soon and gives him dimensions of an ark that Noah is to build and put two of every animal.

A hundred years later, when Noah is 600, the flood comes. The springs of the deep burst open and it rains for 40 days and 40 nights. Noah, his wife and his three sons and their wives all went aboard the ark to wade out the flood.

One year later the waters recede and Noah walks out of the ark, builds and altar to God and makes a sacrifice and God makes his covenant with Noah that he will never again flood the world.

Noah's Drunkenness[]

While the Flood and Noah's Ark are the best-known elements of the story of Noah, he is also mentioned as the "first husbandman" when he began to till the soil to make a vineyard, as well as in connection with the somewhat mysterious episode of his drunkenness and the subsequent Curse of Canaan, Ham's son.


Noah died 350 years after the Flood, at the age of 950 according to Genesis 9:28-29.

God's covenant with Noah[]

After the flood, Noah built an altar to God (the first altar mentioned in the Bible) and made an offering. "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. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.'" Genesis 8:21-22 (KJV)

Then God made a covenant: Noah and his descendants would henceforth be free to eat meat ("Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb, have I given you all things"), and the animals would fear man; and in return, man would be forbidden to eat "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." And God forbade murder, and gave a commandment: "And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein." And as a sign of His covenant, He set the rainbow in the sky, "This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth." Genesis 9:1-17 (KJV)

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