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