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Genesis 7:1-24

1The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”

5And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

6Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.

11In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.

17For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.7:20 That is, about 23 feet or about 6.8 meters7:20 Or rose more than fifteen cubits, and the mountains were covered 21Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

24The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

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Genesis 7:1-24

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1De dag brak aan waarop de Here tegen Noach zei: ‘Ga met uw familie aan boord van de ark, want u bent de enige rechtvaardige tussen al die anderen die de aarde bewonen. 2Neem ook de dieren aan boord, van elke soort één paar, uitgezonderd de dieren die Ik heb bestemd tot voedsel en offer. 3Van die dieren moet u zeven paar aan boord nemen, evenals van de vogels. Op die manier zullen ze na de grote watervloed hun soort in stand houden. 4Over een week zal het gaan regenen. Veertig dagen en nachten achter elkaar. Alle levende wezens die Ik heb gemaakt en die op het droge leven, zullen sterven.’

5Noach volgde al de bevelen van de Here op. 6Hij was zeshonderd jaar oud toen de vloed over de aarde kwam 7en hij ging met zijn vrouw, zijn zonen en hun vrouwen in de ark om aan de vloed te ontkomen. 8-9 Alle dieren die bestemd waren om te offeren of om op te eten, en de andere soorten, kwamen in paren naar de ark: mannetjes en vrouwtjes, precies zoals God het Noach had gezegd. 10-11 Een week later, toen Noach zeshonderd jaar oud was, op de zeventiende dag van de tweede maand, stroomde de regen uit de hemel neer en braken de ondergrondse watermassaʼs open. 12En dat gedurende veertig dagen en nachten! 13Maar Noach was die dag met zijn vrouw, hun zonen Sem, Cham en Jafet en hun vrouwen aan boord van de ark gegaan. 14Bij hen in de ark zaten alle diersoorten, zowel wilde dieren als vee, kruipende dieren en vogels. 15Ze kwamen twee aan twee, mannetjes en vrouwtjes, precies zoals God het had bevolen. 16Toen sloot de Here God de toegang tot de ark.

17Veertig dagen lang raasde de enorme watervloed over de aarde, bedekte alles en nam de ark hoog op zijn golven mee. 18Het water steeg en steeg, maar de ark bleef veilig drijven. 19Ten slotte bedekte het water ook de hoogste bergen. 20Het stond zeven meter boven de hoogste bergtoppen. 21En alle levende wezens op aarde verdronken: vogels, vee, wilde en kruipende dieren en alle mensen, 22alles wat ademde en op het land leefde. 23God vernietigde alles, uitgezonderd Noach en zijn familie die in de ark waren. 24De watervloed bedekte de aarde honderdvijftig dagen lang.