Condensed Bible and Commentary
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Herein lies an earthly father's condensed rendition of the King James Bible with commentary. This is not to be taken as the word of God, for many edits have taken place. Things have been added or left out for youngsters and beginners to learn and better understand the basic premise
of the Bible. I have changed only some of the King James English. My hope is that by reading this rendition, the reader might become more comfortable with the beautiful language of the King James Version. Many of our songs,
writings, and memorised scriptures are still heavily influenced by the KJV.
The Bible itself should be our main source of study. May those who read this find a blessing, but the greatest blessing is in the study of God's entire word. May we all grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who hold the word of God, hold the richest
treasure of all.
 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
NOTE: This is one of the most important statements ever to be heard or read by mankind. It tells us that there was a beginning. That time itself was created. That before the beginning was God. That God always was, and
God created everything.
 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
 And God said, Let there be an firmament (expanse) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
NOTE: The word firmament relates to the area, or expanse, above man's dwelling place. Depending on the text, this can be the sky where the birds fly, the upper atmosphere, outer space, or the heaven(s). I will normally insert expanse where appropriate.
 And God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse: and it was so.
 And God called the expanse Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
1) After the heaven and the earth, what was the first thing God created? (Light)
2) What did God do with the light, and what did he call it? (He divided it and called it Day & Night)
3) What was created and named the second day? (Heaven)
4) What was created the third day? (The dry land or earth, the seas, grass, and trees)
5) What is another name for firmament? (expanse)
 And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
 And let them be for lights in the expanse of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
NOTE: In five words the Bible explains the creation of the billions and billions of stars; and he made the stars also.
God truly is an awesome God. I think this also shows that the earth and mankind are the focal point of God's
creation. (One of the reasons I don't believe in space aliens.) See Isaiah 45:18.
 And God set them in the expanse of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open expanse of heaven.
 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
NOTE: After their kind simply means that each living thing reproduced within its own biological family. Like a monkey gives birth to a monkey and an elephant to an elephant. An elephant can not give birth to a monkey! Their is no room for the theory of evolution in God's word.
 And God blessed them, saying, be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas,
and let fowl multiply in the earth.
 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and
creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every
thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and
over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
For more on the term "Us" here, see Genesis 11:7
 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and
female created he them.
NOTE: In the image of God includes the idea that Adam and Eve were to have reasoning, emotions, creativity,
and many of the wonderful qualities or characteristics of God. This, along with Man having a soul, makes him far
superior to the animals.
 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish
the earth, and subdue it: and have control over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of
the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face
of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it
shall be for food.
 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that
creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and
it was so.
NOTE: It is very interesting to note that at this stage of mankind, he and the animals were vegetarians.
 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the
evening and the morning were the sixth day.
1) What was created on the 4th day? (Sun, Moon & Stars)
2) What was created on the 5th day? (Water life & Birds)
3) What was created on the 6th day? (Land animals & Man)
4) What was given to man & the animals to eat? (every green herb)
5) And the evening and the morning made a what? (a day)
6) In who's image or likeness was man created ? (God's)
7) If a monkey gives birth to a monkey, we can say it reproduced after it's what? (kind)
 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the
seventh day from all his work which he had made.
 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from
all his work which God created and made.
 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the
day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
NOTES: Verse 2 brings us to the seventh day. In Chapter 1, God had concluded His creative activities in seven literal
days, NOT millions of years. Note that in verses 5,8,13,19,23,and 31 of Chapter 1 we find an evening and a morning
which make up one day each for a total of 6 days in chapter 1. See also Exodus 20:11.
In verse 4 we have the beginning of a recap on the creation account focusing on the creation of man.
This section is not so much concerned with the chronological order as in chapter 1, but with how man and the creation
 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it
grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man
to till the ground.
 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
NOTE: Their was no such thing as rain. The earth recieved its water from a mist, seemingly along the lines of a
greenhouse effect, and the rivers as in verse 10.
 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (see Gen 35:18, 3Jhn2)
 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he
 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight,
and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of
knowledge of good and evil.
 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and
became into four heads.
1) What did God do on the 7th day? (rested)
2) How did God water the earth since he did not cause it to rain? (a mist went up from the
3) What did God form man out of? (dust of the ground)
4) When God breathed into the Man's nostrils the breath of life, what did man become? (a
5) Where did the LORD God plant a garden? (in Eden)
6) What two important trees are mentioned in these passages? (the tree of Life & the tree of
knowledge of good & evil)
 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to
 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest
 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day
that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper
NOTE: Helper here is help meet in KJV. This relates to the idea of a companion and supporter.
 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of
the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever
Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the
field; but for Adam there was not found a helper for him.
 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one
of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought
her unto the man.
 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called
Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and
they shall be one flesh.
NOTE: Cleave means to hang on so hard as to be inseparable, thus the idea of one flesh.
 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
1) Out of all the trees in the garden, which one was Adam commanded not to eat from?
(knowledge of good and evil)
2) According to God, what would happen if Adam ate from the forbidden tree? ( he would die)
3) Why did God give Adam a woman? (for a helper)
4) What did God take from Adam to make the woman? ( a rib)
5) According to God, when a man and woman get married, they become what? (one flesh)
1] Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had
made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, You shall not eat of every tree of
THE FALL OF MAN
NOTE: The serpent presents the command negatively, notice how God actually said it: "Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in
the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, You shall not
eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest you die.
 And the serpent said unto the woman, You shall not surely die:
NOTE: This is Satan's best trick, cast doubt on what God has said.
 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and
you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the
eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat,
and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
NOTE: Many relate verse 6 here to 1John 2:16 which reads: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh (tree
was good for food), and the lust of the eyes (pleasant to the eyes), and the pride of life (desired to make one
wise), is not of the Father, but is of the world. These three areas seem to be mankinds greatest struggles.
 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they
sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:
and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the
trees of the garden.
 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I
1) Who urged Eve to question God's command? ( the serpent)
2) Did Eve look at the tree differently after her conversation with the serpent? (yes)
3) How? (With desire or want)
4) Did Adam & Eve look at each other differently after they ate from the forbidden tree? (yes)
5) How? ( ashamed of their nakedness)
 And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree, whereof I
commanded you not to eat?
 And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree,
and I did eat.
NOTE: Adam seems to want to blame God, after all HE gave him the woman.
 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that you have done? And the
woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I did eat.
NOTE: Adam blamed God, now Eve wants to pass the blame to the serpent. Things sure haven't changed much
since then. We sure are quick to blame someone else before excepting responsibilities for our own actions.
 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, thou art cursed
above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly you will go, and dust
you shall eat all the days of thy life:
 And I will put hatred between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it
shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
NOTES: hatred here is enmity in the KJV. Verse 15 is often called the first messianic prophecy. A
messianic prophecy is a prophecy that deals with the coming of the Messiah. The Messiah was to come and save
Israel from her oppressors in the future. Little by little the prophesies lead up to the coming of Jesus Christ.
Christ means basically the same thing as Messiah that is to say the anointed. Christ delivers us from the
ultimate oppressor - sin. To bruise thy head is to deliver a fatal blow, while to bruise thy heel is to deliver
only a temporary injury. Christ bruised the head of Satan by defeating sin at the cross. Satan only bruised
Christ's heel at the cross because Jesus rose from the dead.
 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow
thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule
 And unto Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of thy wife, and have
eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is
the ground for thy sake; in sorrow you shall eat of it all the days of thy life;
 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the
 In the sweat of thy face you shall eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for out of it
you were taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
NOTES: Before the serpent entered the picture, God had pronounced everything very good. There was no death.
Now we see a monumental showing of God's grace, and, the high price of sin, as God slays an animal to clothe
Adam and Eve. Can you imagine the sorrow on their hearts as they see one of the very animals they had named
sacrificed for them. This also shows how important modesty (being fully clothed) is to God. Adam and Eve had
put on some sort of covering ( apron of fig leaves), but God still considered them naked and clothed them more
fully with coats (or tunics in some translations).
 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:
and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for
 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from
whence he was taken.
 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and
a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
NOTE: This is one form of death God was talking about, a seperation from God. No longer would they walk
with God in the cool of the evening in the garden of Eden. The other type, physical death, Adam and Eve will
experience in a few hundered years. A terrible price to pay for listening to Satan's lies and not believing God.
1) Who did Adam actually blame for his sinful actions? (God, because he said the woman that
God gave him gave him the fruit. See vs. 12)
2) Who did Eve blame it on? (The serpent)
3) Who did God hold accountable or blame? (The man, the woman & the serpent.)
4) Discuss / Think about what each perpetrator received as punishment.
5) Discuss / Think about what God could have done at this point.
6) Does God seem to care how we dress?
THE FIRST FAMILY
 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a
man from the LORD.
NOTES: In the bible, the term to know or knew, when applied as here to Adam and Eve, refers to having
 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller
of the ground.
 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an
offering unto the LORD.
 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD
had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very mad, and his
NOTES: The phrase his countenance fell relates to the fact that his very facial features were contorted so bad,
because of his anger, that anyone could see his rage.
You may be asking at this point what is going on? Why is Able's offering accepted, and Cain's rejected? Two
points to consider are 1) An animal was sacrificed when Adam and Eve first sinned 2) God seems to demand
blood sacrifices throughout the Patriarchal age (Adam to Moses - Gen 8:20) and the Mosaic Age (Moses to Jesus
- Lev 17:11). Evidently God was expecting an animal sacrifice such as Able's.
 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why are you mad? and why is thy countenance fallen?
 If you do well, will you not be accepted? and if you don't do well, sin lies at the door.
And you are his desire, and you should rule over him.
NOTES: The idea here is that God is warning Cain that his heart was not right with God. Sin was willing to take
God's place in Cain's heart. Cain should submit to God and thereby master sin.
 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that
Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
1) What was Able's trade or occupation? (Keeper of sheep)
2) What was Cain's trade or occupation? (Farmer / tiller of the Ground)
3) Who's heart seems to be far from God in these verses? (Cain's)
4) How do we know? (God didn't accept Cain's offering and Cain got mad)
5) How does God display his mercy towards Cain? (he reveals Cain's sin and advises him to
6) Did Cain heed God's warning? (No) What did Cain do? (Killed his brother Able)
 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I don't know: Am I
my brother's keeper?
 And he said, What have you done? the voice of thy brother's blood cries out to me from
 And now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive thy
brother's blood from your hand;
 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a
fugitive and a vagabond you shall be in the earth.
NOTES: Henceforth = from now on. Yield unto thee her strength = allow anything to grow. Remember, Cain
was a farmer, but from this point on he would never be able to farm again.
 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face
shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to
pass, that every one that finds me shall slay me.
 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be
taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should
 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the
east of Eden.
 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and
called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
NOTES: Many ask "Where did Cain get his wife?" at this verse. Some points to consider: First - we don't know
how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden before being banished. We don't know how long Cain
wandered (Nod means wandering) before taking a wife. Second - In Gen 1:28 we know they were commanded
to be fruitful (have offspring) and multiply. Third - we see in Gen 3:20 where Eve is the mother of ALL the living.
Fourth - Adam lived for 930 years (Gen 5:5). Only three of Adam and Eve's children are named in the Bible, but
we know they had many children from Gen 5:4. The only logical conclusion to be drawn from the evidence is that
Cain married one of his sisters, or, maybe even a niece. Before you get totally grossed out, remember that their
were probably no genetic difficulties this early in the history of man. They lived to be hundreds of years old. As
we consider Abraham marrying his half sister in Gen 20:12, we can see it was probably not unusual. However, we
find that after the flood of Noah's day, man started living a much shorter life and was more prone to diseases
and deformities. God then implemented his law against marring a close relative, or even having sex with a close
relative (called incest), because it was now dangerous to do so.
 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God,
said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
NOTE: Eve considered this child to be a replacement for Able.
 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began
men to call upon the name of the LORD.
NOTE: It would seem at this point (vs 26 with Seth and his offspring) we see a people that is responsive to God and his
ways. To "call upon the name of the LORD" is to appeal to Him and submit to Him.
1) What did Cain say when God asked where his brother Able was at? (Am I my Brothers
2) What did God do to Cain as a result of his sin? (He cursed him from the earth so that he
could not farm)
3) Cain left and dwelt in the land of _________. (Nod)
4) Cain married and had a son whom he named _____. (Enoch)
5) Adam and Eve had a son they considered a replacement for Able and called him ___. (Seth)
 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the
likeness of God made he him;
ADAM'S FAMILY TREE UP TO NOAH & SONS
 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the
day when they were created.
 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his
image; and called his name Seth:
NOTE: Cain and Able are left out of this list. Most of the geneological lists in the bible deal with the direct
descendants (by flesh, or, Jewish law) of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. This lineage comes from Seth through Noah,
not Cain or Able.
 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat
sons and daughters:
 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and
 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and
 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons
 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons
 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat
sons and daughters:
 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
NOTE: This event is spoken of in Hebrews chapter 11 vs 5. Enoch was the first of only two people who went to
Heaven without dieing. The second person was Elijah in 2Kings 2:3-5.
 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and
begat sons and daughters:
 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
NOTE: Methuselah lived longer than any other person on earth ever did.
 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work
and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons
 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters
were born unto them,
THE ACCOUNT OF NOAH'S ARK
 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them
wives of all which they chose.
NOTE: These women were probably descendants of Cain. They also were not faithful to God and corrupted the
descendants of Seth (the sons of God). This is the first example of the terrible idea of mixing the faithful
with the unfaithful in marriage (see 1King 11:1-3).
 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet
his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
NOTE: Here the Lord gives a timetable, a warning that he will bring judgement on the earth in 120 years.
 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God
came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became
mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
NOTE: This is an ackward verse. Sometimes people will call verses like this a "hard" verse. Usually, with a little
common sense and research, we can come to an understanding of verses like this. The giants here are most
likely a destructive, careless type of people, as the Hebrew word nephilim here suggests. As a giant would
destroy everything in it's path, so was the character of these godless people. Hence, moving on to verse 5 we
see all the world is given to wickedness.
 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his
NOTE: The word repented here when used in reference to God simply means that he was sorrowful. God is
omniscient (pronounced "om-nish-ent" = all knowing) and knew that this would happen, but it hurt Him nevertheless.
 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both
man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I
have made them.
 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
NOTE: To find grace in the eyes of the Lord is to recieve his favor, or, blessings.
 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations,
and Noah walked with God.
 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth
 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
1) How many years did the Lord give the people of Earth to "straighten up"? (120)
2) Why was God sorry that He had made man? ( His heart was evil continually)
3) What did God decide to do to man? (destroy him)
4) Noah found what in the eyes of the Lord? (grace)
5) Who are the three sons of Noah mentioned in this chapter? (Shem, Ham, and Japheth)
6) God was mad because the earth was filled with what? (violence)
 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted
his way upon the earth.
 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled
with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it
within and without with pitch.
NOTE: Unfortunately, we do not know what gopher wood is nowadays. But note, that is what God commanded,
and that is what Noah used! Pitch would be a waterproofing compound of some sort such as tar.
 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three
hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
NOTE: A cubit is roughly 18", or the length of a man's arm from fingertip to elbow.
 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the
door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories
shalt thou make it.
NOTE: It would seem that this window was actually a light and ventilation gap running 18" just below the roofline of the ark.
 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh,
wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall
 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy
sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
NOTE: A covenant is an agreement or promise. It can also be called a testament. Here we learn that Noah,
his wife, his three sons, and their wives would be the only humans to survive the flood. Eight people in all.
 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to
keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth
after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it
shall be for food for thee, and for them.
 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
NOTE: We can take a valuable lesson here from Noah. We should obey God's commands according to all that He
1) What type of wood was the ark made out of? (gopher)
2) Why didn't the ark leak water? ( it was sealed with pitch)
3) How long is a cubit? ( 18" or the length of a man's arm from fingertip to elbow)
4) How many windows was Noah to have in the ark? (one, running all along the roofline)
5) How many decks or stories was the ark to have? (three)
6) What is a covenant? ( a promise or a testament)
 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I
seen righteous before me in this generation.
LEAVING THE OLD WORLD
NOTE: Noah must have been the only one alive carrying out his duties to God and teaching his family to obey
God. This just goes to show that, just because everyone else is doing something, it doesn't make it right.
 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of
beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
NOTE: The clean beasts would be those used for sacrifices to God so they needed more of them.
 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the
face of all the earth.
 For after seven more days, I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights;
and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
 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.
 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that
creepeth upon the earth,
 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had
 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the
month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows
of heaven were opened.
NOTE: Here we learn of the cataclysmic (catastophic) events that accompanied the forty days and forty nights of
rain. The fountains of the great deep probably refer to vast amounts of underground water exploding through
the Earth's crust with mega tons of force and pressure. The windows of heaven opening was probably
torrential downpours of unimaginable volume. Literally the earth would have been reshaped, not resembling its
formal self in any way.
 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah,
and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird
of every sort.
 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of
NOTE: It would seem, and make sense, that the Lord brought all the animals into the ark.
 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him:
and the LORD shut him in.
NOTE: Many people scoff at the idea of Noah and his ark. They say he could never have gotten every single kind
of animal on the ark. First of all, anything that could survive in water would not need to be on the ark. Second of
all, he only needed the most genetically primitive form of each kind ( all dogs come from certain ancestors, cats
come from certain ancestors, etc.), third, they probably were not fully grown ( a baby elephant would take up
much less room than a full grown one! ). As far as the food, water, and other incidentals go, Noah did have
preperations on board, but also, the animals were probably in a docile state once they were on board due to the
darkness, or maybe, God could have even caused them to sleep for a large portion of the time.
 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the
ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went
upon the face of the waters.
 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were
under the whole heaven, were covered.
 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
NOTE: The water was about 22.5ft higher than the mountains at this point!
 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and
of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both
man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were
destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in
 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
1) The Lord picked Noah to save from the flood because he was __________ in his generation.
2) The Lord caused it to rain on the earth for how many days and nights? (40)
3) From what other source did God provide water for the flood? ( the fountains of the great
deep, or, underground water sources)
4) True or False? The text says that Noah brought the animals into the ark and shut the door.
5) According to this section of scripture, the flood waters rose approximately how many feet
above the mountains? ( 22 1/2 feet )
6) How many days did the floodwaters prevail or maintain their dominance over the earth?
 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in
the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided;
THE REVEALING OF A NEW WORLD
NOTE: The word cattle, as used through chapters 1 - 9 in the book of Genesis, comes from a generic Hebrew
term which simply means beasts or animals.
 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from
heaven was restrained;
 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred
and fifty days the waters were abated.
 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the
mountains of Ararat.
 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first
day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which
he had made:
 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from
off the earth.
NOTE: Evidently the raven was not as co-operative as the dove in vs 9 and would not come back into the ark.
 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the
 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark,
for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her,
and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf
plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again
unto him any more.
 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of
the month, 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 dry.
 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth
 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of
cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed
abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the
earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every
clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
NOTE: Finally, after 241 days upon the ark ( 7 before it rained, 150 while the rains prevailed, and 74 days while
the water receded ), Noah and his family were able to leave the Ark and behold a new world! Here we see why
God called Noah righteous, as one of the first things he does upon leaving the ark is build an alter, and sacrifice
unto the Lord. We should always be so grateful in our hearts.
 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again
curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from
his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and
winter, and day and night shall not cease.
NOTE: Here we have a wonderful promise from the Lord. The change of the seasons, and even the day and night
cycle, will continue as a perpetual sign to God's promise of never wiping out life on earth, as long as the earth
1) Cattle in the King James version can simply mean ______ or ________. ( beast or animal )
2) The ark rested on the mountains of _________. ( Ararat )
3) What did the dove return with that informed Noah that the waters had receded? ( an olive leaf )
4) How did Noah know it was time to depart from the ark? ( God told him )
5) According to the text, what was the first thing Noah did when he got off the ark? ( built an alter )
6) What signs do we have from God that he will not curse the ground in such a way again? ( the
seasons and the day and night cycle )
 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and
replenish the earth.
 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon
every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the
sea; into your hand are they delivered.
 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given
you all things.
NOTE: Noah receives a command somewhat like Adam in Genesis 1: 28 "And God blessed them, and God said
unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have control over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." However, their
relationship with the animal kingdom will never be the same, as now the animals will fear man, and man will eat
the animals just as he eats vegetables. In the beginning, man and animals were vegitarians (Gen 1:29-30). Things will be alot different in the world on this side of the great flood.
 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
NOTE: The blood would have to be drained from any animals before eating. (For more info see Lev 17:10-11)
 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it,
and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God
made he man.
NOTE: Here we see the value God places on the life of mankind. Life is precious and to be respected.
 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply
 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every
beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by
the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
 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:
 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the
 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen
in the cloud:
 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature
of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
 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
 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established
between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
NOTE: Evidently their was no rain before the flood (remember the mist?), so their was no rainbows. Now the
world operated under a different eco system, and rain would be the primary source of water. The rainbow would
be a reminder to man that God promised to never again destroy the whole world by flood.
 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and
Ham is the father of Canaan.
 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
NOTE: The word husbandman relates to a man of the soil, a farmer, or, someone who takes care of a crop.
 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
NOTE: We can assume that Noah may have gotten drunk unintentionally, as being intoxicated is always frowned
upon in God's word (Prov 23:20-21, 29-35). Remember, this is a new world and the natural state of things has been greatly disrupted; initially by the curse in Gen 3:14-24, but also by the great flood that has just effected the whole world.
 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren
 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.
 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be
NOTE: We see here that the descendants of Shem would one day produce the Messiah. See Gen 11:10-26 where Abram (Abraham) is a direct descendant of Shem and thus ultimatly - the Messiah.
 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
1) What command did God give to Noah that was like the one He gave to Adam? (Be fruitful and
multiply, and replenish the earth (Gen 1:28).
2) What change do we see take place in the relationship man has to the animals? (The animals will have a natural fear of man and man will eat the animals for food (Gen9:2-3).
3) What was one requirement that God gave to man for eating an animal? (The blood would have to be drained before eating the meat (Gen 9:4).
4) How do we know from this section of Genesis that God places a high value on Human life? (If an animal, or a man, sheds the blood of another man, God will require that their blood be shed in return (Gen 9: 5-6).
5) By what means did God say he would not destroy the earth ever again? (A world wide flood (Gen 9:11-12)
6) What sign has God given to us to show he will remember his promise? (The rainbow (Gen 9:13-17)
7) Who were the son's of Noah? (Shem, Ham, and Japheth [JAY-feth] (Gen9:18).
8) What does the KJV mean by the term "husbandman"? (One who works with the soil, as in farming (Gen 9:20).
9) Which of Noah's Sons would be a direct descendant of Abraham? (Shem).
10) How old was Noah when he died? (950 years old).
Nations Descended From Noah
NOTE:Reading all the genealogies in the Bible can be mind numbing. As you grow in God's word, you will want to delve deeper into His word including all the genealogical information. For now we will include only certain ones (such as this section) and make quick notes on them. I have highlighted the names of Noah's sons and any info pertinent to their genealogies.
 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
NOTE: The Philistim is to say the Philistines (who gave the Israelites much trouble. Also note the highlighted nations below who also were enemies of the Israelite nation).
 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.
 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
NOTE: We will pick up Shem's genealogy in Genesis Chapter 11: 10-26).
1) Who were some of the nations listed who would cause Israel trouble in the future? (Philistines, Jebusites, Amorites, and the Canaanites)
The Dispersing of the nations and Shem's genealogy.
 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
NOTE: Verse 4 reveals one of Mankinds greatest weaknesses: PRIDE (Gen 3:6, Prv 16:18, 1Jhn 2:16).
 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
NOTE: Many times in the Bible we find where the language attributes human characteristics, behaviors, or motivation to God such as here in verse 5. This is what? known as an ?nthropomorphism? Such language helps us to relate to God in physical terms as we can not understand the spiritual realm in which God operates.
 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
NOTE: Note the plural "us" here, as in Genesis 1:26, revealing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, or, the "Godhead" as in Romans 1:20 and Colossians 2:9. (For more info see John 1:1, 8:42, 8:58, 15:26 / 1Timothy 3:16 / Hebrews 1:6-8)
 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
NOTE: Here we see the beginning of our many different cultures on the earth at approximately 2200B.C. This is probably within 200 years after Noah? flood. It is interesting to note that almost every major culture in the world today has some sort of a story or legend containing a great flood with a boat or vessel that rescues mankind in it.
 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
NOTE: Note this verse on Peleg from Genesis 10:25: And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan. Note the phrase ?n his days was
the earth divided shows us that the Tower of Babel was during the days of Peleg.
 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
NOTE: Here we have the birth of Abram (To be renamed Abraham in Genesis 17:5) at about 2000 B.C. Abraham is considered to be the ?ather of God? chosen people because of his faith (Galations 3:7).
 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
 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 unto Haran, and dwelt there.
 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
NAMES TO REMEMBER:
Terah = father of Abram & Haran
Abram = to become Abraham
Haran = Abraham's brother, Lot's father
Lot = Abraham's nephew
Sarai = Abram's wife who was renamed Sarah (Gen 17:15). She was also Abraham's half sister (Gen 11:29, 20:12)
1) What did the people of this time attempt to build that displeased God? (A tower to heaven)
2) What is one of Man's greatest weaknesses? (Pride)
3) Why does the Bible sometimes apply physical attributes to God? (To better relate to physical Man)
4) What did God do to the people when they began building the tower? (He confounded their language)
5) Why does God sometimes use the word ?s when referring to Himself? (He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit)
6) What is a common legend found in all of the major cultures of our world today? (A worldwide flood with a rescue boat or vessel of some sort)
7) In this chapter, we trace the lineage of Shem, son of Noah, up to which major person: (Able / Abram / Ham)
8) Who was Haran? (Abraham's brother and Lot's father)
9) Who was Tarah? (Abraham's and Haran's father)
10) Who was Sarai? (Abraham's wife and half sister)
God's promise to Abram. Abram in Canaan .
 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred (relatives), and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
NOTE: This is known as the Messianic Promise (Gen 22:18, Acts 3:25). Through Abraham would come the nation of Israel, for Abraham begat Isaac (Gen 21:3) who begat Jacob (Gen 25:26, whom God named Israel in Gen 35:10), and eventually the Messiah (God's annointed) - Jesus of Nazareth (Lk 3:34).
 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
NOTE: This is known as the Land Promise. God promised the land of Canaan to Abram's decedents. This was eventually fulfilled in approx. 1400 B.C. (Josh 23:43-45).
 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
NOTE: Abram gained wealth (livestock was as much a gauge of wealth as was gold or silver at that time).
 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
1) What did God tell Abram to do at the beginning of this chapter? (To leave his home and country.)
2) What two major things did God promise to Abram if he left? (To make of him a great nation and that through him all of the families of the earth would be blessed.)
3) How old was Abram when he obeyed God and left his home? (75)
4) What land did God promise to Abram? decedents? (The land of Canaan)
5) In verse 8, Abram "called upon the name of the LORD". Do you remember what this term means or implies? (To appeal and submit to God - see Gen 4:26)
6) Sarai was not only Abram's wife, but she was also his what? (Half sister)
7) Another way to gauge wealth besides silver and gold is what? (Livestock)
8) Abram and his people were sent away from Egypt. True or False. (True)
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