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Genesis 8:1-19 (New American Standard)

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The Flood Subsides

1 But 1God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and 2God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. 2 Also 3the fountains of the deep and the afloodgates of the sky were closed, and 4the rain from the sky was restrained; 3 and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end 5of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. 4 In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, 6the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible. 6 Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the 7window of the ark which he had made; 7 and he sent out a raven, and it bflew here and there until the water was dried up cfrom the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land; 9 but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the dsurface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself. 10 So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. 11 The dove came to him toward eevening, and behold, in her fbeak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth. 12 Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out 8the dove; but she did not return to him again. 13 Now it came about in the 9six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up gfrom the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the hsurface of the ground was dried up. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 "Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 17 "Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may i10breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth." 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out jby their families from the ark.
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