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Song of Solomon
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1 God remembered Noah, all the animals, and all
the livestock that were with him in the ship; and God made a wind to pass over
the earth. The waters subsided. 2 The deep’s fountains and the sky’s
windows were also stopped, and the rain from the sky was restrained. 3 The
waters continually receded from the earth. After the end of one hundred fifty
days the waters decreased. 4 The ship rested in the seventh month, on the
seventeenth day of the month, on Ararat’s mountains. 5 The waters receded
continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the
month, the tops of the mountains were visible.
6 At the end of forty days, Noah opened the
window of the ship which he had made, 7 and he sent out a raven. It went
back and forth, until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8 He
himself sent out a dove to see if the waters were abated from the surface of
the ground, 9 but the dove found no place to rest her foot, and she
returned to him into the ship, for the waters were on the surface of the whole
earth. He put out his hand, and took her, and brought her to him into the ship.
10 He waited yet another seven days; and again he sent the dove out of the
ship. 11 The dove came back to him at evening and, behold, in her mouth
was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters were abated from
the earth. 12 He waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; and
she didn’t return to him anymore.
13 In the six hundred first year, in the first
month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth.
Noah removed the covering of the ship, and looked. He saw that the surface of
the ground was dried. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of
the month, the earth was dry.
15 God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of
the ship, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring
out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh, including birds,
livestock, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may
breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply on the earth.”
18 Noah went out, with his sons, his wife, and
his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, and every
bird, whatever moves on the earth, after their families, went out of the ship.
20 Noah built an altar to Jehovah, and took of
every clean animal, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the
altar. 21 Jehovah smelled the pleasant aroma. Jehovah said in his heart,
“I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake because the
imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. I will never again strike
every living thing, as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seed time
and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night will
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