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