1. And God blessed Noah and his sons. And he said to them: “Increase, and multiply, and fill the earth.

2. And let the fear and trembling of you be upon all the animals of the earth, and upon all the birds of the air, along with all that moves across the earth. All the fish of the sea have been delivered into your hand.

3. And everything that moves and lives will be food for you. Just as with the edible plants, I have delivered them all to you,

4. except that flesh with blood you shall not eat.

5. For I will examine the blood of your lives at the hand of every beast. So also, at the hand of mankind, at the hand of each man and his brother, I will examine the life of mankind.

6. Whoever will shed human blood, his blood will be poured out. For man was indeed made to the image of God.

7. But as for you: increase and multiply, and go forth upon the earth and fulfill it.”

8. To Noah and to his sons with him, God also said this:

9. “Behold, I will establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you,

10. and with every living soul that is with you: as much with the birds as with the cattle and all the animals of the earth that have gone forth from the ark, and with all the wild beasts of the earth.

11. I will establish my covenant with you, and no longer will all that is flesh be put to death by the waters of a great flood, and, henceforth, there will not be a great flood to utterly destroy the earth.”

12. And God said: “This is the sign of the pact that I grant between me and you, and to every living soul that is with you, for perpetual generations.

13. I will place my arc in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the pact between myself and the earth.

14. And when I obscure the sky with clouds, my arc will appear in the clouds.

15. And I will remember my covenant with you, and with every living soul that enlivens flesh. And there will no longer be waters from a great flood to wipe away all that is flesh.

16. And the arc will be in the clouds, and I will see it, and I will remember the everlasting covenant that was enacted between God and every living soul of all that is flesh upon the earth.”

17. And God said to Noah, “This will be the sign of the covenant that I have established between myself and all that is flesh upon the earth.”

18. And so the sons of Noah, who came out of the ark, were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now Ham himself is the father of Canaan.

19. These three are the sons of Noah. And from these all the family of mankind was spread over the whole earth.

20. And Noah, a good farmer, began to cultivate the land, and he planted a vineyard.

21. And by drinking its wine, he became inebriated and was naked in his tent.

22. Because of this, when Ham, the father of Canaan, had indeed seen the privates of his father to be naked, he reported it to his two brothers outside.

23. And truly, Shem and Japheth put a cloak upon their arms, and, advancing backwards, covered the privates of their father. And their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s manhood.

24. Then Noah, awaking from the wine, when he had learned what his younger son had done to him,

25. he said, “Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants will he be to his brothers.”

26. And he said: “Blessed be the Lord God of Shem, let Canaan be his servant.

27. May God enlarge Japheth, and may he live in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.”

28. And after the great flood, Noah lived for three hundred and fifty years.

29. And all his days were completed in nine hundred and fifty years, and then he died.

“O sábio elogia a mulher forte dizendo: os seu dedos manejaram o fuso. A roca é o alvo dos seus desejos. Fie, portanto, cada dia um pouco. Puxe fio a fio até a execução e, infalivelmente, você chegará ao fim. Mas não tenha pressa, pois senão você poderá misturar o fio com os nós e embaraçar tudo.” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina