The new world order

God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful, multiply and
fill the earth. ·Be the terror and the dread of all the wild beasts and all the
birds of heaven, of everything that crawls on the ground and all the fish of the
sea; they are handed over to you. Every living and crawling thing shall provide
food for you, no less than the foliage of plants. I give you everything, with
this exception: you must not eat flesh with life, that is to say blood, in it. I will
demand an account of your lifeblood. I will demand an account from every.
beast and from man. I will demand an account of every man’s life from his
fellow men.

“He who sheds man’s blood,
shall have his blood shed by man,
for in the image of God
man was made.”

“As for you, be fruitful, multiply, teem over the earth and be lord of it.”
God spoke to Noah and his sons, “See, I establish my Covenant with you,
and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found
with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out
of the ark, everyth ing that lives on the earth. ·I establish my Covenant with
you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of the flood.
There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.”
God said, “Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you
and every living creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the
clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When
I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will
recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of
every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy
all things of flesh. When the bow is in the clouds I shall see it and call to mind
the lasting Covenant between God and every living creature of every kind that
is found on the earth.”
God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the Covenant I have established
between myself and every living thing that is found on the earth.”

Genesis 9:1-17

They disembark

Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you yourself, your wife,
your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. As for all the animals with you,
all things of flesh, whether birds or animals or reptiles that crawl on the earth,
bring them out with you. Let them swarm on the earth; let them be fruitful
and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out with his sons, his wife, and his
sons’ wives. And all the wild beasts, all the cattle, all the birds and all
the reptiles that crawl on the earth went out from the ark, one kind after
Noah built an altar for Yahweh, and choosing from all the clean animals
and all the clean birds he offered burnt offerings on the altar. Yahweh smelled
the appeasing fragrance and said to himself, “Never again will I curse the earth
because of man, because his heart contrives evil from his infancy. Never again
will I strike down every living thing as I have done.

“As long as earth lasts,
sowing and reaping,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
shall cease no more.”

Genesis 8:15-22

The flood subsides

But God had Noah in mind, and all the wild beasts and all the cattle that
were with him in the ark. God sent a wind across the earth and the waters
subsided. The springs of the deep and the sluices of heaven were stopped.
Rain ceased to fall from heaven; the waters gradually ebbed from the
earth. After a hundred and fifty days the waters fell, and in the seventh month,
on the seventeenth day of that month, the ark came to rest on the mountains
of Ararat. The waters gradually fell until the tenth month when, on the first
day of the tenth month, the mountain peaks appeared.
At the end of forty days Noah opened the porthole he had made in the ark
and he sent out the raven. This went off, and flew back and forth until the
waters dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove, to see whether
the waters were receding from the surface of the earth. The dove, finding
nowhere to perch, returned to him in the ark, for there was water over the whole
surface of the earth; putting out his hand he took hold of it and brought it back
to into the ark with him. After waiting seven more days, again he sent out the
dove from the ark. In the evening, the dove came back to him and there it was
with a new olive branch in its beak. So Noah realized that the waters were
receding from the earth. After waiting seven more days he sent out the dove,
and now it returned to him no more.
It was in the six hundred and first year of Noah’s life, in the first month and
on the first of the month, that the water dried up from the earth. Noah lifted
back the hatch of the ark and looked out. The surface of the ground was dry!
In the second month and on the twenty-seventh day of the month the earth
was dry.

Genesis 8:1-14

The flood

The flood lasted forty days on the earth. The waters swelled, lifting the ark
until it was raised above the earth. The waters rose and swelled greatly on the
earth, and the ark sailed on the waters. The waters rose more and more on
the earth so that all the highest mountains under the whole of heaven were
submerged. The waters rose fifteen cubits higher, submerging the mountains.
And so all things of flesh perished that moved on the earth, birds, cattle, wild
beasts, everything that swarms on the earth, and every man. Everything with
the breath of life in its nostrils died, everything on dry land. Yahweh destroyed
every living thing on the face of the earth, man and animals, reptiles, and the
birds of heaven. He rid the earth of them, so that only Noah was left, and those
with him in the ark. The waters rose on the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

Genesis 7:17-24

Preparations for the flood

God said to Noah, “The end has come for all things of flesh; I have decided
this, because the earth is full of violence of man’s making, and I will efface
them from the earth. Make yourself an ark out of resinous wood. Make it
with reeds and line it with pitch inside and out. This is how to make it: the
length of the ark is to be three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its
height thirty cubits. Make a roof for the ark . . . put the door of the ark high
up in the side, and make a first, second and third deck.
“For my part I mean to bring a flood, and send the waters over the earth,
to destroy all flesh on it, every living creature under heaven; everything on
earth shall perish. But I will establish my Covenant with you, and you must
go on board the ark, yourself, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives along
with you. From all living creatures, from all flesh, you must take two of each
kind aboard the ark, to save their lives with yours; they must be a male and
a female. Of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind
of reptile on the ground, two must go with you so that their lives may be saved.
For your part provide yourself with eatables of all kinds, and lay in a store
of them, to serve as food for yourself and them.” Noah did this; he did all
that God had ordered him.
Yahweh said to Noah, “Go aboard the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone among this generation do I see as a good man in my judgment.
Of all the clean animals you must take seven of each kind, both male and
female; of the unclean animals you must take two, a male and its female (and
of the birds of heaven also, seven of each kind, both male and female), to
propagate their kind over the whole earth. For in seven days’ time I mean to
make it rain on the earth for forty days and nights, and I will rid the earth of
every living thing that I made.” Noah did all that Yahweh ordered.
Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters appeared on the earth.
Noah with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives boarded the ark to escape
the waters of the flood. (Of the clean animals and the animals that are not
clean, of the birds and all that crawls on the ground, two of each kind boarded
the ark with Noah, a male and a female, according to the order God gave Noah.)
Seven days later the waters of the flood appeared on the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, and on the
seventeenth day of that month, that very day all the springs of the great deep
broke through, and the sluices of heaven opened. It rained on the earth for
forty days and forty nights.
That very day Noah and his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth boarded the ark,
with Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons, and with them wild beasts
of every kind, cattle of every kind, reptiles of every kind that crawls on the
earth, birds of every kind, all that flies, everything with wings. One pair of
all that is flesh and has the breath of life boarded the ark with Noah; and so
there went in a male and a female of every creature that is flesh, just as God
had ordered him.
And Yahweh closed the door behind Noah.

Genesis 6:13-22; 7:1-16

The corruption of mankind

Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that
the thoughts in his heart fashioned nothing but wickedness all day long. Yahweh
regretted having made man on the earth, and his heart grieved. “I will rid
the earth’s face of man, my own creation,” Yahweh said, “and of animals also,
reptiles too, and the birds of heaven; for I regret having made them.” But
Noah had found favor with Yahweh.
This is the story of Noah:
Noah was a good man, a man of integrity among his contemporaries, and
he walked with God. Noah became the father of three sons, Shem, Ham and
Japheth. The earth grew corrupt in God’s sight, and filled with violence. God
contemplated the earth: it was corrupt, for corrupt were the ways of all flesh
on the earth.

Genesis 6:5-12

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