After forty days1 Noah opened the window he had made in the ark
and sent out a raven,2 and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.38
Then he sent out a dove4 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.512
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,6 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 month7 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.8