By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the Earth was completely dry.
God spoke to Noah:
"Leave the ship, you and your wife and your sons and your sons' wives.
And take all the animals with you, the whole menagerie of birds and mammals and crawling creatures, all that brimming prodigality of life, so they can reproduce and flourish on the Earth."
Noah disembarked with his sons and wife and his sons' wives.
Then all the animals, crawling creatures, birds - every creature on the face of the Earth - left the ship family by family.
Noah built an altar to God. He selected clean animals and birds from every species and offered them as burnt-offerings on the altar.
God smelled the sweet fragrance and thought to himself, "I'll never again curse the ground because of people. I know they have this bent toward evil from an early age, but I'll never again kill off everything living as I've just done.
For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, Summer and winter, day and night will never stop."
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)