Genesis 8

The Flood Subsides

1But a  God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and b  God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. 2Also c  the fountains of the deep and the
Or windows of the heavens
floodgates of the sky were closed, and e  the rain from the sky was restrained;
3and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end f  of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. 4In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month g  the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. 5The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.

6Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the h  window of the ark which he had made; 7and he sent out a raven, and it
Lit went out, going and returning
flew here and there until the water was dried up
Lit from upon
from the earth.
8Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land; 9but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the
Lit face
surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself.
10So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. 11The dove came to him toward
Lit the time of evening
evening, and behold, in her
Lit mouth
beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth.
12Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out n  the dove; but she did not return to him again.

13Now it came about in the o  six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up
Lit from upon
from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the
Lit face
surface of the ground was dried up.
14In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. 15Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may
Or swarm
s  breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
18So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out
Or according to their kind
by their families from the ark.

20Then Noah built u  an altar to the  Lord, and took of every v  clean animal and of every clean bird and offered w  burnt offerings on the altar. 21The  Lord x  smelled the soothing aroma; and the  Lord said
Lit to His heart
to Himself, “I will never again z  curse the ground on account of man, for aa  the
Or inclination
intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; ac  and I will never again
Lit smite
destroy every living thing, as I have done.
22While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And ae  summer and winter,
And af  day and night
Shall not cease.”

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