8 But God remembered 1 Noah and all the wild animals and domestic animals that were with him in the ark. God caused a wind to blow over 2 the earth and the waters receded. 2 The fountains of the deep and the floodgates of heaven were closed, 3 and the rain stopped falling from the sky. 3 The waters kept receding steadily 4 from the earth, so that they 5 had gone down 6 by the end of the 150 days. 4 On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on one of the mountains of Ararat. 7 5 The waters kept on receding 8 until the tenth month. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible. 9
6 At the end of forty days, 10 Noah opened the window he had made in the ark 11 7 and sent out a raven; it kept flying 12 back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth.
8 Then Noah 13 sent out a dove 14 to see if the waters had receded 15 from the surface of the ground. 9 The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered 16 the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah 17 in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, 18 and brought it back into the ark. 19 10 He waited seven more days and then sent out the dove again from the ark. 11 When 20 the dove returned to him in the evening, there was 21 a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak! Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 12 He waited another seven days and sent the dove out again, 22 but it did not return to him this time. 23
13 In Noah’s six hundred and first year, 24 in the first day of the first month, the waters had dried up from the earth, and Noah removed the covering from the ark and saw that 25 the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth 26 was dry.
15 Then God spoke to Noah and said, 16 “Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you all the living creatures that are with you. Bring out 27 every living thing, including the birds, animals, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Let them increase 28 and be fruitful and multiply on the earth!” 29
18 Noah went out along with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives. 19 Every living creature, every creeping thing, every bird, and everything that moves on the earth went out of the ark in their groups.
20 Noah built an altar to the Lord. He then took some of every kind of clean animal and clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 30 21 And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 31 and said 32 to himself, 33 “I will never again curse 34 the ground because of humankind, even though 35 the inclination of their minds 36 is evil from childhood on. 37 I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.
22 “While the earth continues to exist, 38
planting time 39 and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
and day and night will not cease.”
9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 Every living creature of the earth and every bird of the sky will be terrified of you. 1 Everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea are under your authority. 2 3 You may eat any moving thing that lives. 3 As I gave you 4 the green plants, I now give 5 you everything.
4 But 6 you must not eat meat 7 with its life (that is, 8 its blood) in it. 9 5 For your lifeblood 10 I will surely exact punishment, 11 from 12 every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person 13 I will exact punishment for the life of the individual 14 since the man was his relative. 15
6 “Whoever sheds human blood, 16
by other humans 17
must his blood be shed;
for in God’s image 18
God 19 has made humankind.”
7 But as for you, 20 be fruitful and multiply; increase abundantly on the earth and multiply on it.”
8 God said to Noah and his sons, 21 9 “Look! I now confirm 22 my covenant with you and your descendants after you 23 10 and with every living creature that is with you, including the birds, the domestic animals, and every living creature of the earth with you, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature of the earth. 24 11 I confirm 25 my covenant with you: Never again will all living things 26 be wiped out 27 by the waters of a flood; 28 never again will a flood destroy the earth.”
12 And God said, “This is the guarantee 29 of the covenant I am making 30 with you 31 and every living creature with you, a covenant 32 for all subsequent 33 generations: 13 I will place 34 my rainbow 35 in the clouds, and it will become 36 a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever 37 I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 then I will remember my covenant with you 38 and with all living creatures of all kinds. 39 Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy 40 all living things. 41 16 When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember 42 the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between me and all living things 43 that are on the earth.”
18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Now Ham was the father of Canaan.) 44 19 These were the sons of Noah, and from them the whole earth was populated. 45
20 Noah, a man of the soil, 46 began to plant a vineyard. 47 21 When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself 48 inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, 49 saw his father’s nakedness 50 and told his two brothers who were outside. 23 Shem and Japheth took the garment 51 and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned 52 the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness.
24 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor 53 he learned 54 what his youngest son had done 55 to him. 25 So he said,
“Cursed 56 be Canaan! 57
The lowest of slaves 58
he will be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Worthy of praise is 59 the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem! 60
27 May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers! 61
May he live 62 in the tents of Shem
and may Canaan be his slave!”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 The entire lifetime of Noah was 950 years, and then he died.