After 40 more days Noah opened the window he had made in the ship
and sent out a raven. It kept flying back and forth until the water on the land had dried up.
Next, he sent out a dove to see if the water was gone from the surface of the ground.
The dove couldn't find a place to land because the water was still all over the earth. So it came back to Noah in the ship. He reached out and brought the dove back into the ship.
He waited seven more days and again sent the dove out of the ship.
The dove came to him in the evening, and in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf. Then Noah knew that the water was gone from the earth.
He waited seven more days and sent out the dove again, but it never came back to him.
By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water on the land had dried up. Noah opened the top of the ship, looked out, and saw the surface of the ground.
By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the land was dry.
Then God spoke to Noah,
"Come out of the ship with your wife, your sons, and your sons' wives.
Bring out every animal that's with you: birds, domestic animals, and every creature that crawls on the earth. Be fertile, increase in number, and spread over the earth."
So Noah came out with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives.
Every animal, crawling creature, and bird--everything that moves on the earth--came out of the ship, one kind after another.
Noah built an altar to the LORD. On it he made a burnt offering of each type of clean animal and clean bird.
The LORD smelled the soothing aroma. He said to himself, "I will never again curse the ground because of humans, even though from birth their hearts are set on nothing but evil. I will never again kill every living creature as I have just done.
As long as the earth exists, planting and harvesting, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never stop."