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Genesis 9:22

    Genesis 9:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers without.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father unclothed, and gave news of it to his two brothers outside.

    Webster's Revision

    And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

    World English Bible

    Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

    Definitions for Genesis 9:22

    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 9:22

    And Ham, the father of Canaan, etc. - There is no occasion to enter into any detail here; the sacred text is circumstantial enough. Ham, and very probably his son Canaan, had treated their father on this occasion with contempt or reprehensible levity. Had Noah not been innocent, as my exposition supposes him, God would not have endued him with the spirit of prophecy on this occasion, and testified such marked disapprobation of their conduct. The conduct of Shem and Japheth was such as became pious and affectionate children, who appear to have been in the habit of treating their father with decency, reverence, and obedient respect. On the one the spirit of prophecy (not the incensed father) pronounces a curse: on the others the same spirit (not parental tenderness) pronounces a blessing. These things had been just as they afterwards occurred had Noah never spoken. God had wise and powerful reasons to induce him to sentence the one to perpetual servitude, and to allot to the others prosperity and dominion. Besides, the curse pronounced on Canaan neither fell immediately upon himself nor on his worthless father, but upon the Canaanites; and from the history we have of this people, in Leviticus 18:6, Leviticus 18:7, Leviticus 18:24, Leviticus 18:29, Leviticus 18:30, Leviticus 20:9, Leviticus 20:22-24, Leviticus 20:26; and Deuteronomy 9:4; Deuteronomy 12:31, we may ask, Could the curse of God fall more deservedly on any people than on these? Their profligacy was great, but it was not the effect of the curse; but, being foreseen by the Lord, the curse was the effect of their conduct. But even this curse does not exclude them from the possibility of obtaining salvation; it extends not to the soul and to eternity, but merely to their bodies and to time; though, if they continued to abuse their liberty, resist the Holy Ghost, and refuse to be saved on God's terms, then the wrath of Divine justice must come upon them to the uttermost. How many, even of these, repented, we cannot tell.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 9:22

    9:22 And Ham saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren - To have seen it accidentally and involuntarily would not have been a crime. But he pleased himself with the sight. And he told his two brethren without - In the street, as the word is, in a scornful deriding manner.