Bible: Gen 6:5-8:22

6:5 But the Lord saw 1  that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination 2  of the thoughts 3  of their minds 4  was only evil 5  all the time. 6  6:6 The Lord regretted 7  that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended. 8  6:7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – everything from humankind to animals, 9  including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.”

6:8 But 10  Noah found favor 11  in the sight of 12  the Lord.

The Judgment of the Flood

6:9 This is the account of Noah. 13 

Noah was a godly man; he was blameless 14 

among his contemporaries. 15  He 16  walked with 17  God. 6:10 Noah had 18  three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

6:11 The earth was ruined 19  in the sight of 20  God; the earth was filled with violence. 21  6:12 God saw the earth, and indeed 22  it was ruined, 23  for all living creatures 24  on the earth were sinful. 25  6:13 So God said 26  to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, 27  for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy 28  them and the earth. 6:14 Make 29  for yourself an ark of cypress 30  wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover 31  it with pitch inside and out. 6:15 This is how you should make it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 32  6:16 Make a roof for the ark and finish it, leaving 18 inches 33  from the top. 34  Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. 6:17 I am about to bring 35  floodwaters 36  on the earth to destroy 37  from under the sky all the living creatures that have the breath of life in them. 38  Everything that is on the earth will die, 6:18 but I will confirm 39  my covenant with you. You will enter 40  the ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sonswives with you. 6:19 You must bring into the ark two of every kind of living creature from all flesh, 41  male and female, to keep them alive 42  with you. 6:20 Of the birds after their kinds, and of the cattle after their kinds, and of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you so you can keep them alive. 43  6:21 And you must take 44  for yourself every kind of food 45  that is eaten, 46  and gather it together. 47  It will be food for you and for them.

6:22 And Noah did all 48  that God commanded him – he did indeed. 49 

7:1 The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation. 50  7:2 You must take with you seven 51  of every kind of clean animal, 52  the male and its mate, 53  two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, 7:3 and also seven 54  of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, 55  to preserve their offspring 56  on the face of the earth. 7:4 For in seven days 57  I will cause it to rain 58  on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the ground every living thing that I have made.”

7:5 And Noah did all 59  that the Lord commanded him.

7:6 Noah 60  was 600 years old when the floodwaters engulfed 61  the earth. 7:7 Noah entered the ark along with his sons, his wife, and his sonswives because 62  of the floodwaters. 7:8 Pairs 63  of clean animals, of unclean animals, of birds, and of everything that creeps along the ground, 7:9 male and female, came into the ark to Noah, 64  just as God had commanded him. 65  7:10 And after seven days the floodwaters engulfed the earth. 66 

7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month – on that day all the fountains of the great deep 67  burst open and the floodgates of the heavens 68  were opened. 7:12 And the rain fell 69  on the earth forty days and forty nights.

7:13 On that very day Noah entered the ark, accompanied by his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, along with his wife and his sonsthree wives. 70  7:14 They entered, 71  along with every living creature after its kind, every animal after its kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, everything with wings. 72  7:15 Pairs 73  of all creatures 74  that have the breath of life came into the ark to Noah. 7:16 Those that entered were male and female, 75  just as God commanded him. Then the Lord shut him in.

7:17 The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth. 7:18 The waters completely overwhelmed 76  the earth, and the ark floated 77  on the surface of the waters. 7:19 The waters completely inundated 78  the earth so that even 79  all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. 7:20 The waters rose more than twenty feet 80  above the mountains. 81  7:21 And all living things 82  that moved on the earth died, including the birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all humankind. 7:22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life 83  in its nostrils died. 7:23 So the Lord 84  destroyed 85  every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, including people, animals, creatures that creep along the ground, and birds of the sky. 86  They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived. 87  7:24 The waters prevailed over 88  the earth for 150 days.

8:1 But God remembered 89  Noah and all the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to blow over 90  the earth and the waters receded. 8:2 The fountains of the deep and the floodgates of heaven were closed, 91  and the rain stopped falling from the sky. 8:3 The waters kept receding steadily 92  from the earth, so that they 93  had gone down 94  by the end of the 150 days. 8:4 On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on one of the mountains of Ararat. 95  8:5 The waters kept on receding 96  until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible. 97 

8:6 At the end of forty days, 98  Noah opened the window he had made in the ark 99  8:7 and sent out a raven; it kept flying 100  back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth.

8:8 Then Noah 101  sent out a dove 102  to see if the waters had receded 103  from the surface of the ground. 8:9 The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered 104  the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah 105  in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, 106  and brought it back into the ark. 107  8:10 He waited seven more days and then sent out the dove again from the ark. 8:11 When 108  the dove returned to him in the evening, there was 109  a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak! Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 8:12 He waited another seven days and sent the dove out again, 110  but it did not return to him this time. 111 

8:13 In Noah’s six hundred and first year, 112  in the first day of the first month, the waters had dried up from the earth, and Noah removed the covering from the ark and saw that 113  the surface of the ground was dry. 8:14 And by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth 114  was dry.

8:15 Then God spoke to Noah and said, 8:16 Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sonswives with you. 8:17 Bring out with you all the living creatures that are with you. Bring out 115  every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase 116  and be fruitful and multiply on the earth! 117 

8:18 Noah went out along with his sons, his wife, and his sonswives. 8:19 Every living creature, every creeping thing, every bird, and everything that moves on the earth went out of the ark in their groups.

8:20 Noah built an altar to the Lord. He then took some of every kind of clean animal and clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 118  8:21 And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 119  and said 120  to himself, 121 I will never again curse 122  the ground because of humankind, even though 123  the inclination of their minds 124  is evil from childhood on. 125  I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.

8:22While the earth continues to exist, 126 

planting time 127  and harvest,

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

and day and night will not cease.”

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