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Genesis 8:1-22

8  And God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were in the box with him; and God sent a wind across the earth, and the water was checked; 2  and the water-holes leading from the deep and the hatches of the sky were blocked, and the rain was shut off from the sky. 3  And the water gradually drew back off the earth; and at the end of a hundred and fifty days the water grew shallow, 4*  and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the box rested on the mountains of Armenia. 5  And the water grew shallower and shallower till the tenth month; in the tenth, on the first of the month, the tops of the mountains were visible. 6  And at the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the box he had made 7  and let out the raven, and it went out and back and forth till the water dried off from the earth. 8  And he let the pigeon loose to see if the water over the soil had lessened; 9  and the pigeon found no resting-place for its foot, and came back to the box to him, because there was water all over the earth; and he put out his hand and took it and drew it into the box to him. 10  And he waited again, a week, and let the pigeon out of the box once more; 11  and the pigeon came to him at evening, and had a fresh olive-leaf in its bill; and Noah knew the water over the ground had lessened. 12  And he waited again, a week, and let the pigeon out, and the pigeon never came back to him again. 13  And in the year six hundred and one, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water had left the earth dry, and Noah took off the cover of the box and looked, and found the surface of the soil was dry; 14  and in the second month, on the twenty-seventh of the month, the earth had dried out, 15  and God told Noah 16  “Come out of the box, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17*  All the animals you have with you of every kind of flesh, bird and beast and every reptile that creeps on the earth, bring out with you, and they shall swarm about the earth and breed and multiply on the earth.” 18  And Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him; 19*  and all the wild beasts, and all the cattle, and all the birds, and all the reptiles that creep on the earth, went out of the box tribe by tribe. 20  And Noah built an altar to Jehovah, and took some of all clean cattle and of all clean birds and offered burnt-offerings to Jehovah. 21  And Jehovah smelled the genial odor; and Jehovah said to himself “I will never again curse the soil on man’s account because the drift of man’s mind is bad from his childhood up; and I will never again smite every living thing as I did. 22  As long as the earth lasts, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall never cease.”


8:4 Var. twenty-seventh
8:17 Var.* omits they shall Var. omits and they shall swarm about the earth
8:19 Var, with him; and all the animals, all the walkers and all the fliers, everything that moves about on land, went out