Entering the Ark
1Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.#Mt 24:38–39; Lk 17:26–27; Heb 11:7 2You are to take with you seven pairs, a male and its female, of all the clean animals,#Gn 8:20; Lv 11:1–31; Dt 14:3–20 and two of the animals that are not clean, a male and its female, 3and seven pairs, male and female, of the birds of the sky — in order to keep offspring alive throughout the earth. 4Seven days from now I will make it rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing I have made I will wipe off the face of the earth.” 5And Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.#Gn 6:22
6Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came and water covered the earth. 7So Noah, his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives entered the ark because of the floodwaters. 8From the animals that are clean, and from the animals that are not clean, and from the birds and every creature that crawls on the ground, 9two of each, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, just as God had commanded him. 10Seven days later the floodwaters came on the earth.
11In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the sources of the vast watery depths burst open,#Gn 8:2; Pr 8:28; Am 9:6 the floodgates of the sky were opened,#2Kg 7:19; Ps 78:23; Is 24:18; Mal 3:10 12and the rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13On that same day Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, entered the ark, along with Noah’s wife and his three sons’ wives. 14They entered it with all the wildlife according to their kinds, all livestock according to their kinds, all the creatures that crawl on the earth according to their kinds, every flying creature — all the birds and every winged creature — according to their kinds. 15Two of every creature that has the breath of life in it came to Noah and entered the ark. 16Those that entered, male and female of every creature, entered just as God had commanded him. Then the Lord shut him in.
17The flood continued for forty days on the earth; the water increased and lifted up the ark so that it rose above the earth. 18The water surged and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19Then the water surged even higher on the earth, and all the high mountains under the whole sky were covered. 20The mountains were covered as the water surged above them more than twenty feet.#7:20 Lit surged 15 cubits 21Every creature perished — those that crawl on the earth, birds, livestock, wildlife, and those that swarm on the earth, as well as all mankind. 22Everything with the breath of the spirit of life in its nostrils#Gn 2:7 — everything on dry land died. 23He wiped out every living thing that was on the face of the earth, from mankind to livestock, to creatures that crawl, to the birds of the sky, and they were wiped off the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.#1Pt 3:20; 2Pt 2:5 24And the water surged on the earth 150 days.
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1#Ge 6:9; 7:7The Lord said to Noah, “You and your entire household go into the ark, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me among this generation. 2#Ge 8:20; Lev 11:1–47Take with you seven each of every clean animal, the male and its female, and two each of every unclean animal, the male and its female, 3and seven each of birds of the air, the male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4#Ge 6:17; 7:12In seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will destroy from the face of the earth.”
5#Ge 6:22And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.
6#Ge 5:32Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came upon the earth. 7#Ge 6:18; 7:1And Noah went with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives into the ark because of the floodwaters. 8Everything that creeps on the land from clean and unclean animals and birds 9came in two by two, male and female, to Noah into the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10#Ge 7:4After seven days, the waters of the flood were on the earth.
11#Ge 8:2; 1:7; 2Ki 7:19In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the same day, all the fountains of the great deep burst open and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12#Ge 7:4; 7:17The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.
13#Ge 6:18; 7:1On the very same day Noah and the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark. 14They and every wild animal according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth according to its kind, and every bird according to its kind, every bird of every sort, 15went with Noah into the ark, two by two of all flesh in which was the breath of life. 16#Ge 7:2–3So they went in, male and female of all flesh, just as God had commanded him; then the Lord shut him in.
17#Ge 7:4; 7:12The flood was on the earth forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose up above the earth. 18The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19The water prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered. 20The waters prevailed upward and the mountains were covered fifteen cubits deep.#About 23 feet, or 6.8 meters. 21#Ge 6:13; 6:17All flesh that moved on the earth died: birds and livestock and beasts, and every creeping thing that crept on the earth, and every man. 22#Ge 2:7All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23#2Pe 2:5; 1Pe 3:20; Heb 11:7So He blotted out every living thing which was on the face of the ground, both man and animals and the creeping things and the birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth, and only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.
24The waters prevailed on the earth for one hundred and fifty days.
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