Genesis 7:11-24 NIV

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life,1 on the seventeenth day of the second month2--on that day all the springs of the great deep3 burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens4 were opened.

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12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.5

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13 On that very day Noah and his sons,6 Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.7

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14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind,8 everything with wings.

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15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.9

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      16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah.10 Then the LORD shut him in.

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      17 For forty days11 the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.

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          18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
          19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.12

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          20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet.a b 13

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            • b 7:20 - Hebrew "fifteen cubits" (about 6.9 meters)
            • c 7:20 - Or "rose more than twenty feet, and the mountains were covered"
              21 Every living thing that moved on the earth perished--birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.14

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              22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life15 in its nostrils died.

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              23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth.16 Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.17

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              24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.18

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