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 die. (Genesis 6:17)
According to all God commanded Noah, thus he did. Of every living thing, two of every sort he brought into the ark, of fowls, and cattle, and every creeping thing of the earth. All the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, and rain was upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. The waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth, and all under the whole heaven was covered. What prostitutions of nature were wrought in the bosom of the deep?
The LORD did not speak to Noah in all the time the earth was submerged in flood; for forty days and forty nights, He was silent. For one hundred and fifty days when the sky and the waters were still, He was silent also.
In those days, the LORD had made the beasts and the birds of the ark to be at peace, and there was naught for Noah in those days but to supplicate the LORD, and the eyes of his sons’ wives scoured the horizon without rest.
And in the morning and the daytime there was tranquility upon the ark, and upon Noah, and his sons, and their wives, but in the evening and the night could be heard the howls of unearthly creatures, which were neither beast, nor fowl, nor any thing which creepeth upon the earth. The people in the ark took shelter from these wicked things, but Noah’s son Ham went out onto the roof that lay over the ark his father builded, and he saw a ghostly light move upon the face of the waters.
And on the third night, a black and cursed ark approached, which was the like in measure to the ark that God had commanded Noah to build, but the shape thereof was a blasphemy to God and a blight to all who beheld it. In that ark dwelled every bent and wicked thing the Lord had ordained to die. And Ham cried out,
Dead beasts moveth within the walls thereof, and flesh soddeth wherein it passeth!
The ark had no sails, and the winds compassed her not, but the black ark, which was builded by the sons of Cain, moved of an earthly, devilish power, and drew up even to the ark that God had commanded Noah to build, so that Ham could even reach across the waters and place his hands on the rails thereof.
And Ham heard a voice which was not of God, and it whispered to him in the darkness, and it SAID: Son of Noah, enter unto the hold of the ark of Cain, and thou shalt be accorded blessings beyond thy father and brothers, and the secrets of the earth shall be shewed unto thee. Thou shalt enter into the springs of the sea, and walk in search of the depth, and perceive the breadth of the earth. The gates of death wilt be opened to thee, and thou shalt see the doors of the shadow of death.
When he heard these words, Ham was overcome by wicked desire, and he boarded the black ark of Cain, and he went down into the belly thereof, and he beheld a vast, impossible space. God had commanded Noah: thirty cubits shall be the height of it, and likewise had the ark of Cain been made, but in the cabin of the ark that Cain had made there were ivory palaces many hundreds of cubits high, shining with flames that shall not be quenched.
And above him, Ham saw the smoke thereof rising from their abhorrent fuel up to the stars, but they were not the stars of heaven, neither the Pleiades, nor the bands of Orion, nor Mazzaroth in his season. He saw vipers and fiery flying serpents and the ordinances of heaven. He saw the earth and all inhabitants thereof dissolved, and Ham was afraid. The terror of holy things fell upon him, and he ran from the ark of Cain, and escaped to the solace of the ark of his father.
In the morning, the ark of Cain had vanished, and did not return any more. Neither did the light return, that was as a wind of shadow on the waters. But the horror of great darkness was in Ham, and the beasts and the fowl of the ark were greatly distressed by his presence. He feared to speak of the things he had seen and heard, and was silent, even unto his wife. Each night he was scared by dreams; he was terrified by visions of ivory palaces and the fiery tongues of demons.
Noah saw the madness and astonishment of Ham, he prayed unto the LORD, but Ham’s soul was afflicted with the things he had seen and heard, and his skin turned black with the anguish of hell.
When the waters of the flood had abated, Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him. 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. And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 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 his servant.