And God remembered Noah, and all the wild animals, and all the livestock, and all the birds, and all the reptiles that creep, as many as were with him in the ark, and God brought a wind upon the earth, and the water receded. Now the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of heaven were closed up, and the rain from heaven was withheld. The water receded steadily from the earth, and after an hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. The water continued to recede until the tenth month, and in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the heads of the mountains became visible.

And it came to pass after forty days Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. And he sent forth a raven; it went back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove not having found rest for her feet, returned to him into the ark, because the water was on all the face of the earth, and he stretched out his hand and took her, and brought her to himself into the ark. Having waited yet seven more days, he again sent forth the dove from the ark. And the dove returned to him in the evening, and had a leaf of olive, a sprig in her mouth; and Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. And having waited yet seven more days, he again sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him.

And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year of the life of Noah, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the water had dried up from the earth, and Noah opened the covering of the ark, and he saw that the water had dried from the surface of the ground. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month the earth was completely dry.

And the Lord God spoke to Noah, saying, Come out from the ark, thou and thy wife and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And all the wild creatures as many as are with thee, and all flesh both of birds and animals, and every reptile moving upon the earth, bring forth with thee and increase ye and multiply upon the earth. And Noah came forth, and his wife and his sons, and his sons’ wives with him. And all the wild creatures and all the cattle and every bird, and every reptile creeping upon the earth after their kind, came forth out of the ark.

And Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took some of all clean animals, and some of all clean birds, and sacrificed whole burnt-offerings upon the altar. And the Lord God smelled a smell of sweetness, and the Lord God having considered, said, I will not any more curse the earth, because of the works of men, because the imagination of man is intently bent upon evil things from his youth, I will not therefore any more smite all living flesh as I have done. All the days of the earth, seed and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall never cease.

~ Genesis 8