va-YO-mer ba-RUKH a-do-NAI e-LO-hay SHAYM vee-HEE kh’-NA-an E-ved LA-mo
כו וַיֹּאמֶר בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי שֵׁם וִיהִי כְנַעַן עֶבֶד לָמוֹ׃
9:26 Blessed be Hashem, The God of Shem
Rashi comments that the God of Shem is blessed because He will eventually fulfill His promise to give the Land of Israel to Shem’s descendants. While not recorded explicitly in the verse, Hashem had revealed this plan to Noach, and Noach, in his righteousness, accepted it as fact even before the promise had been made. To bless God means to acknowledge that Hashem is the source of blessing. In this verse, Noach recognizes that Eretz Yisrael is a blessing and a gift, and thanks God for it.