The Sons of Noah
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.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
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.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Beginning in Verse 18, we begin to learn a little about Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham (father of Canaan) and Japheth. We are reminded that it was from these three that all the people who came to inhabit the earth sprang forth.
Noah planted a vineyard after leaving the ark. When he drank wine made from the fruit of his vines, he got drunk and was lying in his tent naked. When Ham discovered him in this state, he did not cover him or protect him from others who might see him in that state. Instead, he told his two brothers what he had seen.
How much more honorable were Shem and Japheth in that they took steps to decently cover their father, while at the same time keeping their own eyes averted.
When Noah learned that he had been dishonored by his son Ham, he cursed Ham’s son Canaan.
To Shem and Japheth he called upon God for blessings because they had done right in his sight.
It is still true that there are wages for sin and reward for doing well. God told Noah he would demand of each man an accounting and He must have been pleased with Shem and Japheth, just as Noah was, because they honored their father.
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