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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Genesis 6:8–10:29

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8 But aNoah bfound favor in the eyes of the Lord.

9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a arighteous man, 1bblameless in his 2time; Noah cwalked with God. 10 Noah 1became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was acorrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was bfilled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for aall flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

13 Then God said to Noah, “aThe end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall 1cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 “This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred 1cubits, its breadth fifty 1cubits, and its height thirty 1cubits. 16 “You shall make a 1window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from 2the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 “Behold, aI, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. 18 “But I will establish aMy covenant with you; and byou shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 aAnd of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 aOf the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. 21 “As for you, take for yourself some of all afood which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” 22 aThus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.

Chapter 7

The Flood

1 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be arighteous before Me in this 1time. 2 “You shall take 1with you of every aclean animal 2by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; 3 also of the birds of the 1sky, 2by sevens, male and female, to keep 3offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4 “For after aseven more days, I will send rain on the earth bforty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land cevery living thing that I have made.” 5 aNoah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him.

6 Now Noah was asix hundred years old when the flood of water 1came upon the earth. 7 Then aNoah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood. 8 aOf clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground, 9 there went into the ark to Noah 1by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 It came about after athe seven days, that the water of the flood 1came upon the earth. 11 In the asix hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all bthe fountains of the great deep burst open, and the 1floodgates of the sky were opened. 12 aThe rain 1fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.

13 On the very same day aNoah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, 14 they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after 1their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, 2all sorts of birds. 15 So they went into the ark to Noah, aby twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. 16 Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the Lord closed it behind him.

17 Then the flood 1came upon the earth for aforty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. 18 The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark 1floated on the 2surface of the water. 19 The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains 1everywhere under the heavens were covered. 20 The water prevailed fifteen 1cubits higher, aand the mountains were covered. 21 aAll flesh that 1moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; 22 of all that was on the dry land, all ain whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died. 23 Thus He blotted out 1every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the 2sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only aNoah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. 24 aThe water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days.

Chapter 8

The Flood Subsides

1 But aGod remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and bGod caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. 2 Also athe fountains of the deep and the 1floodgates of the sky were closed, and bthe rain from the sky was restrained; 3 and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end aof one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. 4 In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, athe ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.

6 Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the awindow of the ark which he had made; 7 and he sent out a raven, and it 1flew here and there until the water was dried up 2from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land; 9 but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the 1surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself. 10 So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. 11 The dove came to him toward 1evening, and behold, in her 2beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth. 12 Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out athe dove; but she did not return to him again.

13 Now it came about in the asix hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up 1from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the 2surface of the ground was dried up. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 “Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may 1abreed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out 1by their families from the ark.

20 Then Noah built aan altar to the Lord, and took of every bclean animal and of every clean bird and offered cburnt offerings on the altar. 21 The Lord asmelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said 1to Himself, “I will never again bcurse the ground on account of man, for cthe 2intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; dand I will never again 3destroy every living thing, as I have done.

22 “While the earth remains,

Seedtime and harvest,

And cold and heat,

And asummer and winter,

And bday and night

Shall not cease.”

Chapter 9

Covenant of the Rainbow

1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “aBe fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 “The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the 1sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. 3 “Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, aas I gave the green plant. 4 “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, aits blood. 5 “Surely I will require 1ayour lifeblood; 2bfrom every beast I will require it. And 2from every man, 2from every man’s brother I will require the life of man.

6 aWhoever sheds man’s blood,

By man his blood shall be shed,

For bin the image of God

He made man.

7 “As for you, abe fruitful and multiply;

1Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”

8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, 9 “Now behold, aI Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your 1descendants after you; 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. 11 “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall anever again be cut off by the water of the flood, bneither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 God said, “This is athe sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for 1all successive generations; 13 I set My abow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14 “It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15 and aI will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and bnever again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 “When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the aeverlasting covenant between God and every living …

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