The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 8:1–14

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And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;

And God remembered Noe, and all the wild beasts, and all the cattle, and all the birds, and all the reptiles that creep, as many as were with him in the ark, and God brought a wind upon the earth, and the water stayed.

Then God remembered Noah, and all living things, and all the cattle, which were with him in the ark, and he brought a wind across the earth, and the waters were diminished.

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the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.

And the fountains of the deep were closed up, and the flood-gates of heaven, and the rain from heaven was withheld.

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And the waters returned from off the earth continually; and after the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.

And the water subsided, and went off the earth, and after an hundred and fifty days the water was diminished, and the ark rested in the seventh month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.

And the waters were restored to their coming and going from the earth. And they began to diminish after one hundred and fifty days.

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And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

And the water continued to decrease until the tenth month.

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And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

And in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the heads of the mountains were seen.

Yet in truth, the waters were departing and decreasing until the tenth month. For in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tips of the mountains appeared.

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And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made.

And when forty days had passed, Noah, opening the window that he had made in the ark, sent forth a raven,

And he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

which went forth and did not return, until the waters were dried up across the earth.

And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground.

Likewise, he sent forth a dove after him, in order to see if the waters had now ceased upon the face of the earth.

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But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him to the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth; and he put forth his hand, and took her, and brought her in unto him into the ark.

And the dove not having found rest for her feet, returned to him into the ark, because the water was on all the face of the earth, and he stretched out his hand and took her, and brought her to himself into the ark.

But when she did not find a place where her foot might rest, she returned to him in the ark. For the waters were upon the whole earth. And he extended his hand and caught her, and he brought her into the ark.

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10  And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark.

10  And having waited yet seven other days, he again sent forth the dove from the ark.

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11  And the dove came in to him at eventide; and lo in her mouth an olive-leaf freshly plucked; so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

11  And she came to him in the evening, carrying in her mouth an olive branch with green leaves. Noah then understood that the waters had ceased upon the earth.

12  And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; and she returned not again unto him any more.

12  And nevertheless, he waited another seven days. And he sent forth the dove, which no longer returned to him.

13  And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dried.

13  Therefore, in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the waters were diminished upon the earth. And Noah, opening the cover of the ark, gazed out and saw that the surface of the earth had become dry.

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14  And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dry.