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Genesis 7

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The Flood Begins
1Then the Lord said to Noah, “I have seen that you are the best man among the people of this time. So you and your family go into the boat. 2Take with you seven pairs, each male with its female, of every kind of clean animal. And take one pair, each male with its female, of every kind of unclean animal. 3Take seven pairs of all the birds of the sky, each male with its female. This will allow all these animals to continue living on the earth after the flood. 4Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth. It will rain 40 days and 40 nights. I will destroy from the earth every living thing that I made.”
5Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.
6Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. 7He and his wife and his sons and their wives went into the boat. They went in to escape the waters of the flood. 8The clean animals, the unclean animals, the birds and everything that crawls on the ground 9came to Noah. They went into the boat in groups of two, male and female. This was just as God had commanded Noah. 10Seven days later the flood started.
11Noah was now 600 years old. The flood started on the seventeenth day of the second month of that year. That day the underground springs split open. And the clouds in the sky poured out rain. 12The rain fell on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.
13On that same day Noah and his wife, his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives went into the boat. 14They had every kind of wild animal and tame animal. There was every kind of animal that crawls on the earth. Every kind of bird was there. 15They all came to Noah in the boat in groups of two. There was every creature that had the breath of life. 16One male and one female of every living thing came. It was just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.
17Water flooded the earth for 40 days. As the water rose, it lifted the boat off the ground. 18The water continued to rise, and the boat floated on the water above the earth. 19The water rose so much that even the highest mountains under the sky were covered by it. 20The water continued to rise until it was more than 20 feet above the mountains.
21All living things that moved on the earth died. This included all the birds, tame animals, wild animals and creatures that swarm on the earth. And all human beings died. 22So everything on dry land died. This means everything that had the breath of life in its nose. 23So God destroyed from the earth every living thing that was on the land. This was every man, animal, crawling thing and bird of the sky. All that was left was Noah and what was with him in the boat. 24And the waters continued to cover the earth for 150 days.
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1The Lord told Noah, “Go into the ark with all your family. I have seen how you are a man of integrity, living a moral life among the people of this generation. 2Take with you seven pairs, male and female, of every kind of clean animal, and one pair, male and female, of every kind of unclean animal. 3In addition take seven pairs, male and female, of all the birds, so their different kinds will survive throughout the earth. 4In seven days I'm going to make it rain for forty days and nights. I'm going to wipe out from the surface of the earth all the living creatures I made.”
5Noah did exactly what the Lord ordered him to do.
6Noah was 600 when the flood waters covered the earth. 7Noah went into the ark, taking with him his wife and his sons and their wives, because of the flood. 8Clean and unclean animals, birds, and creatures that run along the ground, 9went into the ark with Noah. They came in pairs, male and female, just as God had told Noah. 10After seven days the floodwaters swept over the earth.
11Noah was 600 when on the seventeenth day of the second month all the subterranean waters burst through the earth, and heavy rain poured down from the sky. 12Rain continue to fall on the earth for forty days and nights.
13That was the actual day#7:13. “Actual day”: referring back to the day mentioned in verse 11. when Noah, his wife, and their sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth together with their three wives went into the ark. 14They had with them every kind of wild animals, livestock, creatures that run along the ground, and birds—everything with wings. 15They all came into the ark with Noah in pairs—every living thing that breathes. 16A male and a female of every creature entered, as God had told Noah. Then the Lord shut the door behind him.
17The flood increased for forty days, lifting the ark so that it floated up from the earth. 18The floodwaters surged and grew deeper and deeper over the earth, but the ark floated along on the surface. 19Finally the water grew so deep that even the highest mountains were covered—all that could be seen was sky. 20The water rose so much that it was higher than the mountains by fifteen cubits. 21Everything living on earth died—the birds, livestock, wild animals, all creatures that run along the ground, and all the people. 22Everything on land that breathed, died. 23The Lord wiped out all life on earth—people, livestock, creatures that run along the ground, and birds. All were killed. The only ones left were Noah and those with him on the ark. 24The earth remained flooded for 150 days.