1Then the Lord said to Noah, "Go into the ark with your whole family. I know that you are a godly man among the people of today. 2"Take seven of every kind of 'clean' animal with you. Take male and female of them. Take two of every kind of animal that is not 'clean.' Take male and female of them. 3Also take seven of every kind of bird. Take male and female of them. That will keep every kind alive. Then they can spread out again over the whole earth. 4"Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth. It will rain for 40 days and 40 nights. I will destroy from the face of the earth every living thing I have made." 5Noah did everything the Lord commanded him to do.