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Genesis 8

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Chapter 8
The water goes away
1Then God thought of Noah, and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the boat. He caused a wind to blow over the earth. As a result, the water began to go down. 2Streams of water stopped coming up from below the earth. Rain stopped coming down from the sky. 3The deep water continued to go down for 150 days. 4On the 17th day of the seventh month, the boat stopped on the ground. It was sitting on the top of Ararat mountains. 5The water continued to go down until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains appeared above the water.
6After 40 more days, Noah opened a window in the boat. 7He sent a raven to fly away. The raven flew away from the boat and then it returned. It continued to do this until the earth was dry.
8Then Noah sent out a dove. He wanted to see if the water had gone away from the top of the ground. 9But the dove could not find anywhere to stand. Water still covered all of the ground. So it returned to Noah in the boat. Noah put out his hand and took the dove back into the boat. 10He waited for seven days. Then he sent the dove out of the boat again. 11The dove returned to Noah in the evening. It carried a fresh leaf from an olive tree in its mouth. Then Noah knew that the water had gone down. 12He waited for 7 more days. Then he sent the dove out again. This time, it did not return to Noah. #8:12 A raven is a big black bird. A dove is a white or grey bird. Olives are small round fruits that grow on an olive tree.
13Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the first month, the water that had covered the earth was now gone. The ground had become dry. Noah made a hole in the roof of the boat and he looked round. He saw that the top of the ground was dry. 14By the 27th day of the second month, the earth had become completely dry.
15God said to Noah, 16‘Come out of the boat. Bring your wife, your sons and their wives with you. 17Bring every different kind of living animal out of the boat. Bring out the birds, the animals, and the living things that move across the ground. Now they may give birth to young ones again. They can grow in number all over the earth.’
18Noah went out of the boat, together with his wife, his sons and their wives. 19All the living animals also went out of the boat. The birds and the living things that move across the ground all went out. Every different kind of animal came out of the boat, each of them in its own group.
God makes a promise to Noah
20Then Noah built an altar to make sacrifices to the Lord. He took one from each kind of clean animal and clean bird. He offered them to the Lord as sacrifices which he burned on the altar. #8:20 When Noah left the boat, he worshipped God. He built an altar to do this. He offered a sacrifice to God on the altar. God had kept them safe and Noah wanted to thank God. He did this before he did anything else.
21The Lord smelled the sacrifice and it made him happy. The Lord said to himself, ‘I will never curse the ground again because of the bad things that people do. From the time that they are children, they want to do bad things. But still, I will never destroy again everything that breathes, as I have done this time.
22As long as the earth continues to be here,
the time for people to plant seeds will come each year.
The time for harvest will come each year.
Times of cold and heat will always come.
Summer and winter will always come.
Day and night will never stop.’ #8:22 As long as the earth is here, the days and the seasons will continue to happen. God has promised this. He made the universe and he continues to cause it to work properly.
8
1And Elohim remembered Noach, and every living thing, and all the behemah that was with him in the tevah (ark); and Elohim made a ruach to pass over ha'aretz, and the waters subsided; 2The ma'ayanot (springs) also of the tehom and the floodgates of Shomayim were stopped, and the geshem from Shomayim was restrained; 3And the waters receded from on ha'aretz continually; and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. 4And the tevah (ark) rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 5And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the rashei heharim seen. 6And it came to pass at the end of arba'im yom, that Noach opened the chalon (window) of the tevah (ark) which he had made; 7And he sent forth the orev (raven), which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off ha'aretz. 8Also he sent forth a yonah (dove) from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the adamah; 9But the yonah found no manoach (place of rest) for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the tevah, for the waters were on the p'nei kol ha'aretz; then he reached forth his yad, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the tevah (ark). 10And he waited yet another shivat yamim; and again he sent forth the yonah out of the tevah (ark); 11And the yonah returned to him in the erev; and, hinei, in her beak was a zayit (olive) leaf freshly plucked; so Noach had da'as that the mayim were abated from off ha'aretz. 12And he waited yet another shivat yamim; and sent forth the yonah; which returned not unto him again. 13And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the mayim were dried up from off ha'aretz; and Noach removed the mikhseh (covering) of the tevah (ark), and looked, and, hinei, the surface of the adamah was dry. 14And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was ha'aretz dry. 15And Elohim spoke unto Noach, saying, 16Go forth of the tevah (ark), thou, and thy isha, and thy banim, and the nashim of thy banim with thee. 17Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of kol basar, both of bird, and of behemah, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon ha'aretz; that they may multiply abundantly on ha'aretz, and be fruitful, and increase upon ha'aretz. 18And Noach went forth, and his banim, and his isha, and the nashim of his banim with him; 19Every animal, every remes, and every bird, and whatsoever creepeth upon ha'aretz, after their kinds, went forth out of the tevah (ark). 20And Noach built a Mizbe'ach unto Hashem; and took of every behemah hatehorah, and of kol haoph hatahor, and offered olot (burnt offerings) on the Mizbe'ach. 21And Hashem smelled a re'ach hannichoach; and Hashem said in His lev, I will not again curse the adamah any more ba'avur (because of) haAdam; for the yetzer of the lev haAdam is rah from his ne'urim (youth, childhood); neither will I again strike any more every thing living, as I have done. 22While ha'aretz remaineth, zera (seedtime) and katzir (harvest), and kor (cold) and chom (heat), and kayitz (summer) and choref (winter), and yom and lailah shall not cease.