7 And Jehovah said to Noah “Go into the box, you and all your family; for you I see to be an upright man before me in this generation. 2 * Of every clean beast you shall take seven mated pairs, and of every beast that is not clean two, a mated pair; 3 also of the birds of the air seven each, male and female,—to keep alive the breed all over the earth. 4 For in seven days more I am going to have it rain on the earth forty days and nights, and I will obliterate off the soil all the beings I have made.” 5 And Noah did just as God had ordered him. 6 And when Noah was six hundred years old, came the deluge (water) over the earth; 7 and Noah, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him, went into the box for fear of the water of the deluge. 8 Of clean beasts and of beasts not clean, and of birds and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two of each came into the box to Noah, a male and a female, as Jehovah had ordered Noah. 10 And with the seven days came the water of the deluge over the earth. 11 * In the year six hundred of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on this day all the water-holes leading from the great deep split wide, and the hatches of the sky were opened, 12 and there was a rain on the earth for forty days and nights. 13 On this very day Noah went in, and Noah’s sons Shem, Ham, and Jepheth, and Noah’s wife and his sons’ three wives with them, into the box, 14 they and all the various kinds of beasts and of cattle, and all the various kinds of reptiles that creep on the earth, and all the various kinds of flying creatures, every bird, everything with wings: 15 they went into the box to Noah, two each of every kind of flesh that had the breath of life in it, 16 and those that went in went in a male and a female of every kind of flesh, as God had ordered him; and God shut the door on him. 17 And the deluge was over the earth forty days; and the water increased and lifted up the box, and it rose off the earth; 18 and the water swelled and increased greatly over the earth, and the box went on the surface of the water. 19 And the water swelled very high over the earth, and all the high mountains under the sky were covered; 20 four fathoms above them the water swelled, and the mountains were covered. 21 And every kind of flesh that crept on the earth perished, bird and cattle and wild beast and all creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind; 22 of all things on the solid ground, everything that had the breath of the spirit of life in its nostrils died. 23 And all beings all over the soil were obliterated, from men to cattle, reptiles, and birds of the air; they were obliterated from the earth, and only Noah and those who were in the box with him remained. 24 And the water swelled over the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
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