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The first sin after the flood- part 2

When Noah woke up after the night of drunkenness, he figured out something and the question is who did the sin and what did he do?

The Scriptures tell us the story in these words:

וַיַּרְא, חָם אֲבִי כְנַעַן, אֵת, עֶרְוַת אָבִיו; וַיַּגֵּד לִשְׁנֵי-אֶחָיו, בַּחוּץ.  וַיִּקַּח שֵׁם וָיֶפֶת אֶת-הַשִּׂמְלָה, וַיָּשִׂימוּ עַל-שְׁכֶם שְׁנֵיהֶם, וַיֵּלְכוּ אֲחֹרַנִּית, וַיְכַסּוּ אֵת עֶרְוַת אֲבִיהֶם; וּפְנֵיהֶם, אֲחֹרַנִּית, וְעֶרְוַת אֲבִיהֶם, לֹא רָאוּ.  וַיִּיקֶץ נֹחַ, מִיֵּינוֹ; וַיֵּדַע, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-עָשָׂה לוֹ בְּנוֹ הַקָּטָן.”

“Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked. When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him” (Genesis 9:22-24)

drunkenness

Seemingly, the name of the sinner is Ham, the second son of Noah, who saw his father drunk and naked. However, the question is why was the name of Canaan mentioned and also why did Noah call his second son the youngest one?

Two answers were given to the above questions:

The obvious one is that the sinner was Ham indeed and the sin was that he saw his father naked. The sages of Israel said that he even slept with him or castrated him. The reason that Canaan is cursed is because Ham had already got a blessing from the Almighty. When Noah called his son the youngest he meant that he acted like a small kid and not as an adult.

Canaan

The second answer is that the sinner was Canaan, the youngest son of Ham and this is the reason why he was cursed in Genesis 9:25-

“וַיֹּאמֶר, אָרוּר כְּנָעַן:  עֶבֶד עֲבָדִים, יִהְיֶה לְאֶחָיו”

” he said,” Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he is to his brothers.”

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew

Transcription

Translation

סֵרֵס

sērēs

Castrated

שִׁכְרוּת

šikrût

Drunkenness

יֶפֶת

Yepet

Yefet

כְּנַעַן

kəna’an

Canaan

בְּרָכָה

bərākāh

Blessing

קְלָלָה

qəlālāh

Curse

Eli@eteachergroup.com


3 Responses to The first sin after the flood- part 2

  1. Bryan Baker says:

    It is my contention that the first sin after the flood was when Ham had sexual relations with Noah’s wife (Ham’s mother). It is implied according to Leviticus 18:8, seeing Noah’s nakedness is to have had sex with his mother. Leviticus 18:8 “The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.” The implication is a euphemism whereas it is understood what took place without speaking of it directly. Noah knew after waking up from his wine in Gen. 9:24 what his younger son did and Canaan was the fruit of the sexual union of Ham and Noah’s wife. Remember, Noah cursed Canaan, not God because the disgrace of Noah.

  2. AnnG says:

    My interpretion is that Noah was the sinner though Ham was not without blame. Like Adam before him, Noah was gave in to sensory temptation. Both became aware of their nakedness and wereself-righteous when discovered.Adam blamed the woman that God gave him and Noah blamed Ham. The difference in punishment is that God cursed the ground not Adam while Noah cured Canaan, the youngest of Ham’s sons. Our youngest is often the one who tugs at our heart strings the most when our children are young.
    The lesson here is, I think, man is not as merciful as God and if punishment is left to man it would be much worse than God’s. Noah was a righteous man before the flood but there was no mention of his righteousness after the flood. As for my understanding, Noah being the patriarch and the most powerful man post flood fell like other powerful figures who started off righteous.
    Another interesting point is that it seemed that Ham saw his father’s nakedness by accident and told his brothers. Shem and Japheth walked backwards to cover their father without looking at their father’s nakedness which I think is a rather difficult thing to do. The implication is that nakedness is something shameful. Can it represent uncovered sin? If that is so, it means that Ham was unwilling to look the other way while Shem and Japheth did. How like human nature it is for us to want to punish those who expose our sins. This is of course only one way of interpreting but Noah’s behavior does seem to me like that of a fallen man.

  3. Karen says:

    It is my contention that the first sin after the flood was when Ham had seuxal relations with Noah’s wife (Ham’s mother). It is implied according to Leviticus 18:8, seeing Noah’s nakedness is to have had sex with his mother. Leviticus 18:8 The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness. The implication is a euphemism whereas it is understood what took place without speaking of it directly. Noah knew after waking up from his wine in Gen. 9:24 what his younger son did and Canaan was the fruit of the seuxal union of Ham and Noah’s wife. Remember, Noah cursed Canaan, not God because the disgrace of Noah.

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