1But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
6After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
15Then God said to Noah, 16“Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”
18So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.
20Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though8:21 Or humans, for every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
Nowa Atuluka Mʼchombo
1Tsono Mulungu anakumbukira Nowa ndi nyama zonse zakuthengo ndi ziweto zimene anali nazo mu chombo. Yehova anatumiza mphepo pa dziko lapansi ndipo madzi anaphwera. 2Tsono akasupe a madzi ambiri a pansi pa dziko ndi zitseko za madzi a kumwamba zinatsekedwa, ndipo mvula inaleka kugwa. 3Madzi amaphwabe pa dziko lapansi. Pakutha pa masiku 150, madzi anatsika, 4ndipo pa tsiku la 17 la mwezi wachisanu ndi chiwiri, chombo chija chinakakhazikika pa mapiri a Ararati. 5Madzi anapitirira kuphwa mpaka mwezi wa khumi, ndipo pa tsiku loyamba la mwezi wa khumiwo msonga za mapiri zinayamba kuonekera.
6Patapita masiku makumi anayi, Nowa anatsekula zenera limene anapanga mʼchombomo 7natulutsa khwangwala, koma khwangwalayo ankangowuluka uku ndi uku mpaka madzi anawuma pa dziko lapansi. 8Kenaka anatulutsa nkhunda kuti aone ngati madzi aphwa pa dziko. 9Koma nkhunda sinapeze poti nʼkutera chifukwa panali madzi ponseponse pa dziko lapansi. Choncho inabwerera kwa Nowa mʼchombo. Nowa anatulutsa dzanja lake kunja ndi kutenga nkhundayo kuyibwezera mʼchombo mmene iye anali. 10Choncho anadikirabe masiku ena asanu ndi awiri ndipo anatulutsanso nkhundayo mʼchombo muja. 11Pamene nkhunda inabwerera madzulo ake, inali itanyamula tsamba laliwisi la mtengo wa olivi. Motero Nowa anadziwa kuti madzi aphwadi pa dziko lapansi. 12Iye anadikira masiku ena asanu ndi awiri ndipo anatumizanso nkhunda ija, koma nthawi imeneyi sinabwererenso kwa iye.
13Pofika tsiku loyamba la mwezi woyamba wa chaka chimene Nowa anakwanitsa zaka 601, madzi anawuma pa dziko lapansi. Ndipo Nowa anachotsa denga la chombo ndipo anaona kuti kunja kwawuma. 14Pokwana tsiku la 27 la mwezi wachiwiri dziko lapansi linawumiratu.
15Tsono Mulungu anawuza Nowa kuti, 16“Iwe, mkazi wako, ana ako pamodzi ndi akazi awo tulukani mʼchombomo. 17Tulutsa zamoyo zonse zili ndi iwe, mbalame, nyama ndi zokwawa zonse kuti ziswane ndi kuchulukana pa dziko lapansi.”
18Nowa anatuluka pamodzi ndi ana ake aamuna, mkazi wake ndi akazi a ana ake. 19Nyama zonse, zokwawa zonse, mbalame zonse, chilichonse choyenda pa dziko lapansi, zinatuluka mʼchombo motsogozana monga mwa mitundu yawo.
20Pamenepo Nowa anamanga guwa lansembe la Yehova ndipo anatengako mtundu uliwonse wa nyama zoti nʼkudya ndi mbalame zoti nʼkudya naperekapo nsembe yopsereza. 21Yehova atamva fungo labwino anati mu mtima mwake: “Sindidzatembereranso nthaka chifukwa cha munthu, ngakhale kuti maganizo a mu mtima mwake ndi oyipa kuyambira ubwana wake. Ndipo sindidzawononganso zolengedwa zonse zamoyo monga ndachitiramu.
22“Nthawi zonse mmene dziko lapansi lidzakhalire,
nthawi yodzala ndi nthawi yokolola
yozizira ndi yotentha,
dzinja ndi chilimwe,
usana ndi usiku,