But God remembered1 Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth,2 and the waters receded.
Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens3 had been closed, and the rain4 had stopped falling from the sky.
The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days5 the water had gone down,
and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month6 the ark came to rest on the mountains7 of Ararat.85
The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
After forty days9 Noah opened the window he had made in the ark
and sent out a raven,10 and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.118
Then he sent out a dove12 to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.
But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.
He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.
When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf ! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.1312
He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year,14 the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.
By the twenty-seventh day of the second month15 the earth was completely dry.
Then God said to Noah,
"Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.1617
Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you--the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground--so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it."1718
So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives.1819
All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds--everything that moves on the earth--came out of the ark, one kind after another.
Then Noah built an altar to the LORD 19 and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean20 birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings21 on it.
The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma22 and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground23 because of man, even thougha every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.24 And never again will I destroy25 all living creatures,26 as I have done.
"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,27 cold and heat, summer and winter,28 day and night will never cease."29