The Priestly Writer
6:5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only
evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and
it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from
the face of the ground, man and beast and creeping things and
birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them." 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
6:9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless
in his generation; Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled
with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh
had corrupted their way upon the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all
flesh; for the earth is filled with violence through them; behold,
I will destroy them with the earth.
Concerning the Ark
7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and all your
household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in
this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and
his mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male
and his mate; 3 and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female,
to keep their kind alive upon the face of all the earth. 4 For in seven days I will send rain upon the earth forty days
and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will
blot out from the face of the ground." 5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.
Concerning the Ark
6:14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and
cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred
cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and
set the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second,
and third decks. 17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to
destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven;
everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come
into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives
with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of
every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall
be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according
to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according
to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you, to keep them
alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store
it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them." 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
The Advent of the Flood
7:7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him
went into the ark, to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds,
and of everything that creeps on the ground (they boarded). 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights; 16b and the LORD shut him in.
The Advent of the Flood
7:6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon
the earth. 9 Two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as
God had commanded Noah. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month,
on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains
of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens
were opened. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth,
and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered
the ark, 14 they and every beast according to its kind, and all the cattle
according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps
on the earth according to its kind, and every bird according to
its kind, every bird of every sort. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in
which there was the breath of life. 16a And they that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in
as God had commanded him.
7:17 The flood continued forty days upon the earth; and the waters
increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of
life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the
ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the air;
they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and
those that were with him in the ark.
7:18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth; and
the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily upon the earth that all
the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered; 20 the waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen
cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, birds, cattle,
beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm upon the earth, and
every man. 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.
The End of the Flood
8:2b Then the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3a and the waters receded from the earth continually. 6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark which
he had made, 7 and sent forth a raven; and it went to and fro until the waters
were dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had
subsided from the face of the ground; 9 but the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned
to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the
whole earth. So he put forth his hand and took her and brought
her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove
out of the ark; 11 and the dove came back to him in the evening, and lo, in her
mouth a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters
had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days, and sent forth the dove; and
she did not return to him any more. 13b So Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold,
the face of the ground was dry.
The End of the Flood
8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle
that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the
earth, and the waters subsided. 2a And the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens
were closed. 3b At the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters had abated.
4 And in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month,
the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the
tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains
were seen. 13a In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first
day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the
earth was dry. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Go forth from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and
your sons' wives with you. 17 Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you of all
flesh---birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the
earth---that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and
multiply upon the earth." 18 So Noah went forth, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives
with him. 19 And every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything
that moves upon the earth, went forth by families out of the ark.
8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean
animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on
the altar. 21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in
his heart, "I will never again curse the ground because of man,
for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither
will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.
22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease."
9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful
and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast
of the earth, and upon every bird of the air, upon everything
that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea; into your
hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I
gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
5 For your lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning; of every
beast I will require it and of man; of every man's brother I will
require the life of man. 6 Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed;
for God made man in his own image. 7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, bring forth abundantly on
the earth and multiply in it." 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 "Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants
after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the
cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came
out of the ark. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all
flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall
there be a flood to destroy the earth." 12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant which I make
between me and you and every living creature that is with you,
for all future generations: 13 I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant
between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the
clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every
living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again
become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will look upon it and remember
the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature
of all flesh that is upon the earth." 17 God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have
established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth."