Genesis 8

8:1 But God remembered1 Noah and all the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to blow over2 the earth and the waters receded. 8:2 The fountains of the deep and the floodgates of heaven were closed,3 and the rain stopped falling from the sky. 8:3 The waters kept receding steadily4 from the earth, so that they5 had gone down6 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.7 8:5 The waters kept on receding8 until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible.9

8:6 At the end of forty days,10 Noah opened the window he had made in the ark11 8:7 and sent out a raven; it kept flying12 back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth.

8:8 Then Noah13 sent out a dove14 to see if the waters had receded15 from the surface of the ground. 8:9 The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered16 the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah17 in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove,18 and brought it back into the ark.19 8:10 He waited seven more days and then sent out the dove again from the ark. 8:11 When20 the dove returned to him in the evening, there was21 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,22 but it did not return to him this time.23

8:13 In Noah’s six hundred and first year,24 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 that25 the surface of the ground was dry. 8:14 And by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth26 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 sons’ wives with you. 8:17 Bring out with you all the living creatures that are with you. Bring out27 every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase28 and be fruitful and multiply on the earth!”29

8:18 Noah went out along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. 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.30 8:21 And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma31 and said32 to himself,33 “I will never again curse34 the ground because of humankind, even though35 the inclination of their minds36 is evil from childhood on.37 I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.

8:22 “While the earth continues to exist,38

planting time39 and harvest,

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

and day and night will not cease.”

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