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Génesis 8:1-22

1Deus não se esqueceu de Noé e de toda a vida animal que estava na embarcação. Fez soprar um vento forte e as águas começaram a baixar. 2Os reservatórios profundos do mundo e as comportas do céu estancaram-se e aquela chuva torrencial parou. 3As águas começaram gradualmente a baixar de tal forma que, passados os cento e cinquenta dias, 4no décimo sétimo dia do sétimo mês, a embarcação tocou no cimo do monte Ararat, ficando aí. 5As águas continuaram escoando até o décimo mês e, no primeiro dia do décimo mês, já se viam os cimos das montanhas.

6Ao fim de mais quarenta dias Noé abriu a janela que tinha feito na parte superior da construção, 7e soltou um corvo que voava e voltava, até que a Terra se secou. 8Entretanto, enviou também uma pomba para ver se já haveria alguma parte seca. 9A pomba, contudo, não achou nada onde pousar e voltou para a embarcação, porque o nível das águas ainda era muito elevado. Noé estendeu a mão e tomou-a para dentro.

10Esperou então sete dias e soltou de novo a pomba. 11Desta vez, ela só voltou ao cair da tarde, e trazia no bico uma folha de oliveira. Noé concluiu, assim, que as águas estavam a descer bastante. 12Deixou passar ainda mais uma semana, soltou de novo a pomba, mas desta vez ela não voltou.

13Passaram-se ainda 29 dias depois disso; era o primeiro dia do primeiro mês. Noé tinha a idade de 601 anos, quando levantou a cobertura da construção e verificou que as águas tinham descido totalmente. 14Ao fim de mais 8 semanas, no dia 27 do segundo mês, a terra estava completamente seca.

15Então Deus disse a Noé: 16“Podem sair todos; tu e a tua família. 17Deixa sair igualmente os animais por toda a parte, de forma a que se reproduzam abundantemente na Terra.” 18E assim a embarcação em breve ficou vazia dos seus habitantes, tanto da família de Noé 19como daqueles animais de toda a espécie. 20Noé construiu um altar e sacrificou nele alguns dos animais que o Senhor lhe tinha indicado, como holocausto. 21O Senhor ficou satisfeito com esse sacrifício e disse: “Nunca mais voltarei a amaldiçoar a Terra, destruindo assim tudo o que vive, ainda que a inclinação do ser humano seja sempre para o mal, mesmo desde a sua infância, e ainda que ele continue sempre a praticar o mal.

22Enquanto a Terra durar,

sempre há de haver tempo de sementeiras e de colheitas,

frio e calor,

inverno e verão,

tal como há dia e noite.”

King James Version

Genesis 8:1-22

1And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; 2The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; 3And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.8.3 continually: Heb. in going and returning

4And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 5And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.8.5 decreased…: Heb. were in going and decreasing

6¶ And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: 7And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.8.7 to…: Heb. in going forth and returning 8Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; 9But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.8.9 pulled…: Heb. caused her to come 10And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 11And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. 12And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

13¶ And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

15¶ And God spake unto Noah, saying, 16Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. 17Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. 18And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him: 19Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.8.19 kinds: Heb. families

20¶ And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.8.21 a sweet…: Heb. a savour of rest or, satisfaction8.21 for the imagination: or, through the imagination 22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.8.22 While…: Heb. As yet all the days of the earth