Noah did everything God commanded him.
Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters covered the Earth.
Noah and his wife and sons and their wives boarded the ship to escape the flood.
Clean and unclean animals, birds, and all the crawling creatures
came in pairs to Noah and to the ship, male and female, just as God had commanded Noah.
In seven days the floodwaters came.
It was the six-hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month that it happened: all the underground springs erupted and all the windows of Heaven were thrown open.
Rain poured for forty days and forty nights.
That's the day Noah and his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, accompanied by his wife and his sons' wives, boarded the ship.
And with them every kind of wild and domestic animal, right down to all the kinds of creatures that crawl and all kinds of birds and anything that flies.
They came to Noah and to the ship in pairs - everything and anything that had the breath of life in it,
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)