Creation & Fall
(Category 1 of 16)
God makes a good world and installs humans as its rulers. Humanity rebels and ends up ruling the world in a destructive way, leading to violence, death, and the founding of the city of. God’s response is to set in motion a plan to rescue and bless the whole world through the family of Abraham.
“The Torah” refers to the first five books of the Old Testament which tell the foundation story of the Israelites. It recounts their covenant with God and their role in human history.
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Genesis 1-11 (Tor)
1 Then God aremembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the
2 aThe fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also bstopped, and cthe rain from heaven was restrained.
3 And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end aof the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.
4 Then the rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.
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.
6 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened athe window of the which he had made.
7 Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.
8 He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground.
9 But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the to himself.
1 aGen. 19:29;
1 Sam. 1:19;
Job 12:15; Ps.
2 aGen. 7:11
cGen. 7:4, 12;
3 aGen. 7:24
6 aGen. 6:16
10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the
11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.
12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.
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 the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry.
14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying,
16 “Go out of the , ayou and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
17 “Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and abe fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.
19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the .
God’s Covenant with Creation
20 Then Noah built an aaltar to the LORD, and took of bevery clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered cburnt offerings on the altar.
21 And the LORD smelled aa soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again bcurse the ground for man’s sake, although the cimagination1 of man’s heart is evil from his youth; dnor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
22 “While the earth aremains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And bday and night Shall not cease.”
1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: a“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
2 a“And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.
16 aGen. 7:13
17 aGen. 1:22,
28; 9:1, 7
20 aGen. 12:7;
Ex. 29:18, 25
bGen. 7:2; Lev.
11 cGen. 22:2;
21 aEx. 29:18,
25; Lev. 1:9;
2 Cor. 2:15;
Eph. 5:2 bGen.
3:17; 6:7, 13,
17; Is. 54:9
11:6; Job 14:4;
Ps. 51:5; Jer.
dGen. 9:11, 15
22 aIs. 54:9
bPs. 74:16; Jer.
CHAPTER 9 References
1 aGen. 1:28,
29; 8:17; 9:7,
2 aGen. 1:26,
28; Ps. 8:6
3 aDeut. 12:15;
14:3, 9, 11;
Acts 10:12, 13
20; 1 Cor.
10:23, 26; Col.
2:16; [1 Tim.
4:3, 4] cGen.
4 aLev. 7:26;
15:23; 1 Sam.
14:33, 34; Acts
5 aEx. 21:28
bGen. 4:9, 10;
Ps. 9:12 cActs
6 aEx. 21:12–
14; Lev. 24:17;
bGen. 1:26, 27
7 aGen. 9:1, 19
9 aGen. 6:18
bIs. 54:9 1Lit.
10 aPs. 145:9
11 aGen. 8:21;
12 aGen. 9:13,
13 aEzek. 1:28;
15 aLev. 26:42,
45; Deut. 7:9;
16 aGen. 17:13,
19; 2 Sam.
23:5; Is. 55:3;
19 aGen. 5:32
bGen. 9:1, 7;
10:32; 1 Chr.
3 a“Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you ball things, even as the cgreen herbs.
4 a“But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
5 “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; afrom the hand of every beast I will require it, and bfrom the hand of man. From the hand of every cman’s brother I will require the life of man.
6 “Whoever asheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; bFor in the image of God He made man.
7 And as for you, abe fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it.”
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying:
9 “And as for Me, abehold, I establish bMy covenant with you and with your 1descendants after you,
10 a“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 , every beast of the earth.
11 “Thus aI establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said: a“This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 “I set aMy rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
14 “It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;
15 “and aI will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 “The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember athe everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Noah and His Sons
18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the
19 aThese three were the sons of Noah, band from these the whole earth was populated.
20 And Noah began to be aa farmer, and he planted a vineyard.
21 Then he drank of the wine aand was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of , saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
23 aBut Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were 1turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.
25 Then he said:
a“Cursed be; A bservant of servants He shall be to his brethren.”
26 And he said:
a“Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem, And may
27 May God aenlarge Japheth, bAnd may he dwell in the tents of Shem; And may be his servant.”
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
29 So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.
Nations Descended from Noah
1 Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. aAnd sons were born to them after the flood.
2 aThe sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.
3 The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, 1Riphath, and Togarmah.
4 The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and 1Dodanim.
5 From these athe coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.
6 aThe sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, 1Put, and .
7 The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabtechah; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.
8 Cush begot aNimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth.
9 He was a mighty ahunter bbefore the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.”
10 aAnd the beginning of his kingdom was bBabel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
20 aGen. 3:19,
21 aProv. 20:1
23 aEx. 20:12
25 aDeut. 27:16
26 aGen. 14:20;
CHAPTER 10 References
1 aGen. 9:1, 7,
2 a1 Chr. 1:5–7
1 Chr. 1:6
1 Chr. 1:7
5 aPs. 72:10
6 a1 Chr.
8 aMic. 5:6
9 aJer. 16:16
10 aMic. 5:6
11 aMic. 5:6
14 a1 Chr. 1:12
15 aGen. 23:3
16 aGen. 14:7;
21 1Or the
22 a1 Chr.
1 Chr. 1:17
24 aGen. 11:12
1So with MT,
Vg., Tg.; LXX
(cf. Luke 3:35,
25 a1 Chr. 1:19
1 Chr. 1:22
32 aGen. 10:1
CHAPTER 11 References
1 1Lit. lip
2 aGen. 10:10;
3 1Lit. burn
12 and Resen between Nineveh and Calah (that is the principal city).
13 Mizraim begot Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim,
14 Pathrusim, and Casluhim a(from whom came the Philistines and Caphtorim).
15 begot Sidon his firstborn, and aHeth;
16 athe Jebusite, the Amorite, and the Girgashite;
17 the Hivite, the Arkite, and the Sinite;
18 the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. Afterward the families of the Canaanites were dispersed.
19 aAnd the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon as you go toward Gerar, as far as Gaza; then as you go toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.
20 These were the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, in their lands and in their nations.
21 And children were born also to Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, 1the brother of Japheth the elder.
22 The asons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, bArphaxad, Lud, and Aram.
23 The sons of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and 1Mash.
24 1Arphaxad begot aSalah, and Salah begot Eber.
25 aTo Eber were born two sons: the name of one was 1Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.
26 Joktan begot Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,
27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,
28 1Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
29 , Havilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan.
30 And their dwelling place was from Mesha as you go toward Sephar, the mountain of the east.
31 These were the sons of Shem, according to their families, according to their languages, in their lands, according to their nations.
32 aThese were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations; band from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood.
The Tower of Babel
1 Now the whole earth had one language and one 1speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land aof Shinar, and they dwelt there.
3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and 1bake them thoroughly.” They had brick
for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower awhose top is in the heavens; let us make a bname for ourselves, lest we cbe scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
5 aBut the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
6 And the LORD said, “Indeed athe people are one and they all have bone language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they cpropose to do will be withheld from them.
7 “Come, alet Us go down and there bconfuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
8 So athe LORD scattered them abroad from there bover the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
9 Therefore its name is called 1Babel, abecause there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
10 aThis is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.
11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, aand begot Salah.
13 After he begot Salah, Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber.
15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
16 aEber lived thirty-four years, and begot bPeleg.
17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.
18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu.
19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters.
20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot aSerug.
21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.
22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor.
23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot aTerah.
25 After he begot Terah, Nahor
4 aDeut. 1:28;
9:1 bGen. 6:4
5 aGen. 18:21
6 aGen. 9:19
7 aGen. 1:26
8 a[Luke 1:51] bGen. 10:25,
9 a1 Cor.
12 aLuke 3:35
16 a1 Chr. 1:19
20 aLuke 3:35
24 aJosh. 24:2
26 a1 Chr. 1:26
27 aGen. 11:31;
29 aGen. 17:15;
31 aGen. 12:1
lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and abegot 1Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot aAbram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot.
28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was aSarai,1 and the name of Nahor’s wife, bMilcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah.
30 But aSarai was barren; she had no child.
31 And Terah atook his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from bUr of the Chaldeans to go to cthe land of ; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.
32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.
The LORD Helps His Troubled People
A Psalm of David awhen he fled from Absalom his son.
1 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3 But You, O LORD, are aa1for me, My glory and bthe One who lifts up my head.
PSALM 3 References
title a2 Sam.
3 aPs. 5:12;
28:7 bPs. 9:13;
4 aPs. 4:3;
34:4 bPs. 2:6;
5 aLev. 26:6
6 aPs. 23:4;
7 aJob 16:10
8 a[Is. 43:11]
5 aI lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
6 aI will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! aFor You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 aSalvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
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