Genesis 7

God destroys people and animals

1 Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the boat. Take your wife and family with you. I can see that you alone do what is right, among all the people on the earth.

2 Take 7 of every different kind of clean animal. Take a male and a female together. Take 2 of every different kind of dirty animal. Take a male and a female together. 3 Take 7 of every kind of bird. Take males and females. Do this so that they will have young ones. Then each different kind of animal and bird will continue to live on the earth.

7:3Clean animals are the kinds of animal that God accepts as a sacrifice. Dirty animals are those that God does not accept. God told Noah to take more clean animals so that Noah could offer sacrifices to God. There would still be animals that remained to have young ones.

4 In 7 days, I will cause rain to fall on the earth. It will rain for 40 days and 40 nights. In that way, I will destroy every living thing that I have made on the earth.’

5 Noah did everything that God told him to do.

6 Noah was 600 years old when the deep water covered the earth. 7 Noah and his wife went into the boat. His sons and their wives also went in. They all went into the boat to be safe from the deep water. 8 Pairs of clean animals and dirty animals came to Noah in the boat. Also, pairs of birds and pairs of all the living things that move across the ground came to him. 9 Each pair was one male and one female. They all came to Noah in the boat. Everything happened as God had said to Noah. 10 After 7 days had passed, God sent the deep water to cover the earth.

7:10God told the animals to go to Noah. Noah and his family obeyed God. God kept them all safe.

11 When Noah was 600 years old, on the 17th day of the 2nd month, streams of water came up everywhere from below the earth. Also, the water in the heavens poured down on the earth. 12 Rain fell on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.

13 On the day that the rains began, Noah and his wife went into the boat. Noah's 3 sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth) and their 3 wives also went in. 14 With them was every different kind of wild animal and every different kind of livestock animal. They also had with them every kind of living thing that moves along the ground, and every different kind of bird and other flying things. 15 Pairs of every kind of animal that lived came to Noah and went into the boat. 16 Each pair was one male and one female. This happened in the way that God had told Noah. When they were all in the boat, the Lord shut the door.

7:15The things that lived in the sea were safe in the deep water. See Genesis 1:21-25.

17 For 40 days, the water on the earth became deeper. The water lifted the boat high above the ground.

18 The water became even deeper and completely covered the earth. The boat went safely on top of the water. 19 More water came until it covered all the high mountains on the earth. 20 The water still became deeper so that it was more than 6 metres higher than the tops of the mountains.

21 As a result, everything that had lived on the earth now died. The birds, the livestock and the wild animals died. Every living thing that moved across the ground died, and so did all the people. 22 Everything that had lived on the dry land died. Nothing could breathe any more. 23 God destroyed everything that lived on the earth. He destroyed people, animals, living things that move across the ground, and birds. God removed them from the earth. Only Noah and his family, together with the animals that were in the boat, stayed alive.

24 The deep water covered the earth for 150 days.