New International Reader's Version

Genesis 8:1-22

1But God showed concern for Noah. He also showed concern for all the wild animals and livestock that were with Noah in the ark. So God sent a wind to sweep over the earth. And the waters began to go down. 2The springs at the bottom of the oceans had been closed. The windows of the sky had also been closed. And the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3The water on the earth continued to go down. At the end of the 150 days the water had gone down. 4On the 17th day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5The waters continued to go down until the tenth month. On the first day of that month, the tops of the mountains could be seen.

6After 40 days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark. 7He sent out a raven. It kept flying back and forth until the water on the earth had dried up. 8Then Noah sent out a dove. He wanted to see if the water on the surface of the ground had gone down. 9But the dove couldn’t find any place to rest. Water still covered the whole surface of the earth. So the dove returned to Noah in the ark. Noah reached out his hand and took the dove in. He brought it back to himself in the ark. 10He waited seven more days. Then he sent out the dove again from the ark. 11In the evening the dove returned to him. There in its beak was a freshly picked olive leaf! So Noah knew that the water on the earth had gone down. 12He waited seven more days. Then he sent out the dove again. But this time it didn’t return to him.

13It was the first day of the first month of Noah’s 601st year. The water on the earth had dried up. Then Noah removed the covering from the ark. He saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14By the 27th day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

15Then God said to Noah, 16“Come out of the ark. Bring your wife and your sons and their wives with you. 17Bring out every kind of living thing that is with you. Bring the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground. Then they can multiply on the earth. They can have little ones and the number of them can increase.”

18So Noah came out of the ark. His sons and his wife and his sons’ wives were with him. 19All the animals came out of the ark. The creatures that move along the ground also came out. So did all the birds. Everything that moves on land came out of the ark, one kind after another.

20Then Noah built an altar to honor the Lord. He took some of the “clean” animals and birds. He sacrificed them on the altar as burnt offerings. 21The smell of the offerings pleased the Lord. He said to himself, “I will never put a curse on the ground again because of human beings. I will not do it even though their hearts are always directed toward evil. Their thoughts are evil from the time they are young. I will never destroy all living things again, as I have just done.

22“As long as the earth lasts,

there will always be a time to plant

and a time to gather the crops.

As long as the earth lasts,

there will always be cold and heat.

There will always be summer and winter,

day and night.”

Japanese Contemporary Bible

創世記 8:1-22

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1船の中のノアとすべての生き物を、神は心にかけていました。やがて神が風を吹きつけると、しだいに水は減り始めました。 2地下水も止まり、滝のように降っていた大雨も収まってきたようです。 3-4降り始めてから百五十日目に水は少しずつ引いていき、とうとう船はアララテ山の頂に止まりました。 5日に日に水位は下がり、三か月後にはほかの山々も姿を現し始めました。

6水が引き始めてから四十日目、ノアは天窓を開いて、 7からすを放しました。からすは、地面が乾くまであちこちを飛び回っていました。 8しばらくしてノアは、今度は鳩を放し、乾いた土地を捜させました。 9けれども鳩は下り立つ所が見つからず、ノアのもとへ帰って来ました。水がまだ全地を覆っていたからです。ノアは腕を伸ばし、鳩を船の中に入れました。

10それから七日後、ノアはまた鳩を飛ばしてみました。 11夕方ごろ戻った鳩を見ると、オリーブの若葉をくわえています。それで、水がかなり引いたことがわかりました。 12さらに一週間後にもう一度放してみると、鳩はそれきり戻りませんでした。

13そのあと、さらに三十日ほどたちました。ノアが船の屋根を取って外を見渡してみると、もう水は引いています。 14しんぼう強く、さらに八週間待つうちに、とうとう地面はすっかり乾きました。 15-16神はノアに言いました。「さあ、家族といっしょに外に出なさい。 17動物も鳥も地をはうものもみな出してやりなさい。それぞれ繁殖して、どんどん増えるようにするのだ。」 18-19それを待っていたように、ノアと妻と息子夫婦、それに動物たちはみな、その種類ごとに船から出ました。

20ノアはそこに主への祭壇を築き、神から指定された動物や鳥をささげ物としてささげました。 21神はそれを喜び、こう心に誓われました。「もう二度とこのようなことはしない。人間は子どもの時から悪い性質を持っていて、悪い考えを抱くものだ。わたしはもう、大地をのろって生き物を滅ぼすようなことは絶対にしない。 22大地がある限り、春の種まきと秋の収穫、暑さと寒さ、冬と夏、昼と夜とが、年ごとにくり返されるだろう。」