Parsha Noach (Noah)

 

Torah Reading: Genesis 6:9-11:32

First Reading: Genesis 6:9-22
Second Reading: Genesis 7:1-16
Third Reading: Genesis 7:17-8:14
Fourth Reading: Genesis 8:15-9:7
Fifth Reading: Genesis 9:8-17
Sixth Reading: Genesis 9:18-10:32
Seventh Reading: Genesis 11:1-32

Prophets’ Reading: Isaiah 54:1-55:5

First Apostles’ Reading: Matthew 24:36-44
Second Apostles’ Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22

 

First Torah Reading: Genesis 6:9-22

6:9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, perfect in his generations; and Noah walked with God. 1 6:10 And Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 6:11 And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 6:12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

6:13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 6:14 Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and you shall pitch it, on the inside and the outside, with pitch. 6:15 And this is how you shall make it: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the width of it shall be fifty cubits, and the height of it shall be thirty cubits. 6:16 You shall make a light to the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit upward; and you shall set the door of the ark in its side; and you shall make it with lower, second, and third stories.

6:17 “And I, behold, I am bringing the flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. 6:18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, both you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons’ wives, with you. 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 6:20 Of the birds after their kind, of the cattle after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind shall come to you, to keep them alive. 6:21 And you shall take to yourself of all food that is eaten, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you, and for them.”

6:22 Noah did so; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

 

Second Torah Reading: Genesis 7:1-16

7:1 And the LORD said to Noah, “Come, you and all your house, into the ark; for I have seen you righteous before Me in this generation. 7:2 Of every clean beast, you shall take to yourself seven and seven, each with his mate; and of the beasts that are not clean, two, each with his mate; 7:3 and of the birds of the air, seven and seven, male and female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 7:4 For in seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth for forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out every living thing that I have made from off the face of the earth.”

7:5 And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters were upon the earth. 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 birds, and of everything that creeps upon the ground, 7:9 pairs of two 2 went in to Noah into the ark, male and female, as God commanded Noah.

7:10 And it came to pass, after the seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth 3 day of the month, on the same day, all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. 7:13 Noah entered in the same day, along with Shem, 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 its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. 7:15 And they went in to Noah into the ark, pairs of two, male and female, 4 of all flesh in which is the breath of life. 7:16 And they that entered went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.

 

Third Torah Reading: Genesis 7:17-8:14

7:17 And the flood was upon the earth for forty days; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth. 7:18 And the waters prevailed, and greatly increased upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 7:19 And the waters prevailed greatly upon the earth; and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered. 7:20 The waters prevailed upward for fifteen cubits; and the mountains were covered. 7:21 And all flesh that moved upon the earth perished, both birds, and cattle, and beast, and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and every man; 7:22 all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, whatever was on the dry land, died. 7:23 And He blotted out every living thing which was on the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and creeping thing, and bird of the heaven; and they were blotted out from the earth; and Noah alone was left, and they that were with him in the ark. 7:24 And the waters prevailed on the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters lessened; 8:2 the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually; and after the end of a hundred and fifty days, the waters decreased. 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth 5 day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 6 8:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

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, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. 8:8 And he sent forth a dove from himself, to see if the waters had receded from off the face of the ground. 8:9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth; and he put forth his hand, and took her, and brought her in to himself into the ark. 8:10 And he waited yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 8:11 And the dove came in to him at eventide; and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had receded from off the earth. 8:12 And he waited yet other seven days, and sent forth the dove; and she did not return again to him anymore.

8:13 And it came to pass, in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that 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 dried. 8:14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

 

Fourth Torah Reading: Genesis 8:15-9:7

8:15 And God spoke to Noah, saying, 8:16 “Go forth from the ark, both you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. 8:17 Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh, both bird, and cattle, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth; that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply on the earth.” 7

8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him; 8:19 and every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, whatever moves upon the earth, after their families, went forth out of the ark. 8:20 And Noah built an altar to the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar; 8:21 and the LORD smelled the sweet savor. And the LORD said in His heart, “I will not again curse the ground any longer for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I strike every thing living, as I have done, ever again. 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to 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 bird of the air, and upon all with which moves upon the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; for they are delivered into your hand. 9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be for food for you; as the green herb, I have given you all. 9:4 Only flesh with its life, which is its blood, you shall not eat. 9:5 And surely, I will require your blood of your lives; I will require it at the hand of every beast, and at the hand of man, even at the hand of every man’s brother, I will require the life of man. 9:6 Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for He made man in the image of God. 9:7 As for you, be fruitful, and multiply; swarm over the earth, and multiply on it.”

 

Fifth Torah Reading: Genesis 9:8-17

9:8 And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9:9 “As for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 9:10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that go out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. 9:11 And I will establish My covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off ever again by the waters of the flood; neither shall there ever again 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 have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be as a token of a covenant between Me and the earth. 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow is seen in the cloud, 9:15 that I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you, and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again 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 to Noah, “This is the token of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”

 

Sixth Torah Reading: Genesis 9:18-10:32

9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth from the ark, were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan. 9:19 These three were the sons of Noah, and of these was the whole earth overspread. 9:20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and planted a vineyard. 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunk; 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 on both of their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.

9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done to him. 9:25 And he said, “Cursed is Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” 9:26 And he said, “Blessed is the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be their servant. 9:27 May God enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be their servant.” 9:28 And Noah lived after the flood for 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 sons were born to them after the flood.

10:2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, 8 Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 10:3 And the sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 10:4 And the sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 10:5 Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, everyone after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

10:6 And the sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 10:7 And the sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba, and Dedan. 10:8 And Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. 10:9 He was a mighty 9 hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty 10 hunter before the LORD.” 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, who built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, 10:12 and Resen between Nineveh and Calah– which is the great city. 10:13 And Mizraim became the father of Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 10:14 Pathrusim, and Casluhim– from which went forth the Philistines– and Caphtorim. 10:15 And Canaan begot Zidon his firstborn, and Heth; 10:16 and the Jebusite, the Amorite, the Girgashite, 10:17 the Hivite, the Arkite, the Sinite, 10:18 the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the Hamathite; and afterward the families of the Canaanite were spread abroad. 10:19 And the border of the Canaanite was from Zidon, as you go toward Gerar, to Gaza, as you go toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, to Lasha. 10:20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, in their nations.

10:21 And as for Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, children were also born to him. 10:22 The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. 10:23 And the sons of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. 10:24 And Arpachshad became the father of Shelah; and Shelah became the father of Eber. 10:25 And two sons were born to Eber: the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the was earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan. 10:26 And Joktan became the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 10:27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 10:28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 10:29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan. 10:30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as you go toward Sephar, to the mountain 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 of these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

 

Seventh Torah Reading: Genesis 11:1-32

11:1 And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 11:3 And they said one to another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 11:4 And they said, “Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, with its top in heaven, and let us make a name for ourelves; lest we ae scattered far and wide upon the face of the whole earth.”

11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. 11:6 And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do; and now nothing will be held back from them, which they intend to do. 11:7 Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 11:8 So the LORD scattered them far and wide from there upon the face of all the earth; and they stopped building the city. 11:9 Therefore the name of it was called Babel; because the LORD confounded the language of all the earth there; and from there the LORD scattered them far and wide upon the face of all the earth.

11:10 These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood. 11:11 And Shem lived after he became the father of Arpachshad for five hundred years, and had sons and daughters.

11:12 And Arpachshad lived for thirty-five years, and became the father of Cainan. 11 11:13 And Arpachshad lived after he became the father of Cainan for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters.

And Cainan lived for thirty years, 12 and became the father of Shelah. And Cainan lived after he became the father of Shelah for three hundred and thirty years, 13 and had sons and daughters.

11:14 And Shelah lived for thirty years, and became the father of Eber. 11:15 And Shelah lived after he became the father of Eber for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters.

11:16 And Eber lived for thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg. 11:17 And Ebers lived after he became the father of Peleg for four hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters.

11:18 And Peleg lived for thirty years, and became the father of Reu. 11:19 And Peleg lived after he became the father of Reu for two hundred and nine years, and had sons and daughters.

11:20 And Reu lived for thirty-two years, and became the father of Serug. 11:21 And Reu lived after he became the father of Serug for two hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters.

11:22And Serug lived for thirty years, and became the father of Nahor. 11:23 And Serug lived after he became the father of Nahor for two hundred years, and had sons and daughters.

11:24 And Nahor lived for twenty-nine years, and became the father of Terah. 11:25 And Nahor lived after he became the father of Terah for a hundred and nineteen years, and had sons and daughters.

11:26 And Terah lived for seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. 11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begot Lot. 11:28 And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. 11:30 And Sarai was barren; she had no child. 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran, and dwelt there. 11:32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

 

Prophets’ Reading: Isaiah 54:1-55:5

54:1 “Sing, O barren, you that did not bear, break forth into singing; and cry aloud, you that did not travail with child; for more numerous are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife,” says the LORD. 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations, do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. 54:3 For you shall spread far and wide, on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall possess the nations, and shall make the desolate cities to be inhabited. 54:4 Do not be afraid, for you shall not be ashamed, neither shall you be disgraced, for you shall not be put to shame; for you shall forget the shame of your youth, and you shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more. 54:5 For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is His name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, 14 and He shall be called the God of the whole earth. 54:6 For the LORD has called you as a forsaken wife, and grieved in spirit. Now a wife of youth– can she be rejected?” says your God. 54:7 “For a small moment, I have forsaken you; but with great compassion I will gather you. 54:8 In a little wrath, I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer. 15

54:9 “For this is as the waters of Noah to Me; 16 for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. 54:10 For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD that has compassion on you.

54:11 “O you who are afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted: behold, I will set your stones in fair colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 54:12 And I will make your pinnacles of rubies, and your gates of carbuncles, and all your border of precious stones. 54:13 And all your children shall be taught by the LORD; and the peace of your children shall be great. 54:14 You shall be established in righteousness; and you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not be afraid, and shall be from ruin, for it shall not come near you. 54:15 Behold, they may gather together, but not by Me; whoever shall gather together against you shall fall because of you. 17 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that blows the fire of coals, and brings forth a weapon for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. 18 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and you shall condemn every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their due reward from Me,” says the LORD.

55:1 “Behold, everyone that thirsts, come for water, and he that has no money; come, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price. 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your gain for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to Me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to Me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 55:4 Behold, I have given him 19 for a witness to the peoples, a prince and commander to the peoples. 55:5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, 20 and a nation that did not know you shall run to you; because of the LORD your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.”

 

First Apostles’ Reading: Matthew 24:36-44

24:36 “But of that day and of that hour, no man knows, nor even the angels of Heaven, but the Father only. 24:37 And as it was with the days of Noah, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 24:38 For as they were eating and drinking before the flood, taking wives and giving to husbands, up to the day that Noah entered the ark, 24:39 and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so will it be with the coming of the Son of Man. 24:40 Then will two men be in the field; one will be taken, and the other will be left. 24:41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and the other will be left. Two shall be in one bed; one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 21 24:42 Watch, therefore, since you do not know at what hour your Lord comes.

24:43 “But know this, that if the lord of the house had known the watch in which the thief would come, then he would have been awake, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 24:44 Be ready, therefore; for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.

 

Second Apostles’ Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22

3:18 For the Messiah also once died for our sins, the righteous for sinners; that He might bring you to God. And He died in body, but lived in spirit. 3:19 And He preached to those souls, which were detained in Sheol, 3:20 which were formerly disobedient in the days of Noah, when the long suffering of God commanded an ark to be made, in hope of their repentance; and only eight souls entered into it, and were kept alive in the waters. 3:21 And you also, by a like figure, are made alive by baptism– not when you wash your bodies from filth, but when you confess God with a pure conscience– and by the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah, 3:22 who is taken up to heaven, and is on the right hand of God; and angels, and authorities, and powers, are subject to Him.

 

Footnotes

1 AP has “And God was pleased with Noah.” LXX has “Noah was well pleasing to God.”
2 Following LXX. MT and AP have “two and two.”
3 LXX has “twenty-seventh.”
4 Following LXX. MT and AP have “two and two.”
5 LXX has “twenty-seventh.”
6 AP has “mountains of Kardo.”
7 LXX adds “and have dominion over it.”
8 LXX records an additional name, “Elisa,” (Elishah) between Javan and Tubal. This could be an accidental repetition from 10:4.
9 LXX has “giant.”
10 LXX has “giant.”
11 Following LXX, which contains an additional name, “Cainan,” in the generations of Shem between Arphaxad and Shelah. This additional name is also found in Yeshua’s genealogy in Luke 3:36.
12 LXX has “a hundred and thirty years;” but this reading is unlikely when compared against the ages of the surrounding names in MT, DSS, and AP.
13 Following LXX, but with reservation that, when compared against the rest of the surrounding lifespans in MT, DSS, and AP, the length of this Cainan’s life could have been much longer.
14 AP has “Savior.” LXX has “He that delivered you.”
15 AP has “Savior.”
16 LXX has “For from the time of Noah, this was My purpose.”
17 AP has for 54:15, “All those who are brought back by My hand shall enter into you; and they shall be as a place of refuge to your inhabitants.” LXX has “Behold, strangers shall come to you by Me, and shall sojourn with you, and shall run to you for refuge.”
18 LXX has for 54:16, “Behold, I have created you, not as the coppersmith blowing coals, and bringing out a vessel fit for work; but I have created you, not for ruin, that I should destroy you.”
19 AP has “you.”
20 LXX has “Nations which do not know you shall call upon you.”
21 Following DuTillet Hebrew Matthew, in agreement with Luke 17:34. AP omits “Two shall be in one bed; one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.”

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