Genesis 6-9: The Flood
Genesis 6:1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the
land, and daughters were born to them,
6:2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.
6:3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."
6:4 The Nephilim were in the land in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the land, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6:6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man in the land, and He was grieved in His heart.
6:7 And the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them."
6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
6:9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.
6:10 And Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
6:11 Now the people of the earth were corrupt in the sight of God, and the land was filled with violence.
6:12 And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way in the land.
6:13 Then God said to Noah, "The 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 land.
6:14 "Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.
6:15 "And this is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
6:16 "You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.
6:17 "And behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the land, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under the sky; everything that is in the land shall perish.
6:18 "But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark-- you and your sons and your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
6:19 "And 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.
6:20 "Of 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 shall come to you to keep them alive.
6:21 "And as for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them."
6:22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.
Genesis 7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your
household; for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in
7:2 "You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female;
7:3 also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the land.
7:4 "For after seven more days, I will send rain on the land forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made."
7:5 And Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him.
7:6 Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the land.
7:7 Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood.
7:8 Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground,
7:9 there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.
7:10 And it came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the land.
7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.
7:12 And the rain fell upon the land for forty days and forty nights.
7:13 On the very same day Noah 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,
7:14 they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the land after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds.
7:15 So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life.
7:16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him.
7:17 Then the flood came upon the land for forty days; and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the land.
7:18 And the water prevailed and increased greatly upon the land; and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
7:19 And the water prevailed more and more upon the land, so that all the high hills everywhere under the sky were covered.
7:20 The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the hills were covered.
7:21 And all flesh that moved on the land perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the land, and all mankind;
7:22 of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died.
7:23 Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the land; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark.
7:24 And the water prevailed upon the land one hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle
that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the land, and
the water subsided.
8:2 Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained;
8:3 and the water receded steadily from the land, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased.
8:4 And in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the foothills of Ararat.
8:5 And the water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the hills became visible.
8:6 Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made;
8:7 and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the land.
8:8 Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land;
8:9 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 surface of all the land. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself.
8:10 So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark.
8:11 And the dove came to him toward evening; and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the land.
8:12 Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again.
8:13 Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the land. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up.
8:14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the land was dry.
8:15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying,
8:16 "Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons' wives with you.
8:17 "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 land, that they may breed abundantly in the land, and be fruitful and multiply in the land."
8:18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him.
8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the land, went out by their families from the ark.
8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
8:21 And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
8:22 "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease."
Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be
fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
9:2 "And the fear of you and the terror of you shall be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given.
9:3 "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.
9:4 "Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
9:5 "And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man's brother I will require the life of man.
9:6 "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.
9:7 "And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it."
9:8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,
9:9 "Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you;
9:10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the land with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.
9:11 "And I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the people of the earth."
9:12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;
9:13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
9:14 "And it shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the land, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud,
9:15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
9:16 "When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
9:17 And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."
9:18 Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.
9:19 These three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was populated.
Last updated June 11, 2008