When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, the underground waters burst forth on the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky.
The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights.
But Noah had gone into the boat that very day with his wife and his sons -- Shem, Ham, and Japheth -- and their wives.
With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of breathing animal -- domestic and wild, large and small -- along with birds and flying insects of every kind.
Two by two they came into the boat,
male and female, just as God had commanded. Then the LORD shut them in.
For forty days the floods prevailed, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth.
As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface.
Finally, the water covered even the highest mountains on the earth,
standing more than twenty-two feet a above the highest peaks.
All the living things on earth died -- birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all kinds of small animals, and all the people.
Everything died that breathed and lived on dry land.
Every living thing on the earth was wiped out -- people, animals both large and small, and birds. They were all destroyed, and only Noah was left alive, along with those who were with him in the boat.
And the water covered the earth for 150 days.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)