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The Flood Recedes

1God remembered Noah, all the animals, and all the livestock that were with him in the ship; and God made a wind to pass over the earth. The waters subsided.
  2The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from the heavens was restrained.
  3The waters receded from the earth continually. After the end of 150 days the waters decreased.
  4And the ship rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.

5The waters receded continually until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
  6It came to pass at the end of 40 days that Noah opened the window of the ship that he had made
  7and he sent out a raven. It went back and forth until the waters were dried up from the earth.
  8He sent out a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from the surface of the ground;
  9but the dove found no place to rest her foot, and she returned to him into the ship, for the waters were on the surface of the whole earth. He put out his hand and took her and brought her to him into the ship.
  10He stayed yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out of the ship.
  11The dove came back to him at evening, and behold, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off. So Noah knew that the waters were abated from the earth.
  12He stayed yet another seven days and sent out the dove, and she did not return to him any more.
  13It came to pass in the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth. Noah removed the covering of the ship and looked. He saw that the surface of the ground had dried.
  14In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

Yahweh’s Promise

15God spoke to Noah, saying,
  16“Go out of the ship, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
  17Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—including birds, livestock and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
  18Noah went out with his sons, his wife and his sons’ wives with him.
  19Every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, whatever moves on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ship.

20Noah built an altar to Yahweh and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
  21Yahweh smelled the pleasant aroma. Yahweh said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, because the imagination of people’s hearts is evil from their youth; nor will I ever again strike every living thing as I have done.
  22While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”

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