Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18 & 8:6-18 & 9:8-13
Easter Vigil A
7:1 Then the LordI said to Noah,II “GoIII into the ark,IV
you and allV your household,VI for I have seenVII that you alone are righteousVIII beforeIX me in this generation.X
2 TakeXI with you sevenXII pairs of all cleanXIII animals,XIV
the maleXV and its mate;XVI and a pairXVII of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate; 3 and seven pairs of the birdsXVIII of the airXIX also,
maleXX and female,XXI to keep their kindXXII aliveXXIII on the faceXXIV of all the earth.XXV
4 For in seven daysXXVI I will send rain on the earth for fortyXXVII days and forty nights,XXVIII
and everyXXIX living thingXXX that I have madeXXXI I will blot outXXXII from the face of the ground.”XXXIII
5 And Noah did allXXXIV that the Lord had commandedXXXV him.
11 In the sixXXXVI hundredthXXXVII yearXXXVIII of Noah’s life,XXXIX
in the secondXL month,XLI on the seventeenthXLII day of the month, on that day all the fountainsXLIII
of the greatXLIV deepXLV burst forth,XLVI and the windowsXLVII of the heavensXLVIII were opened.XLIX
12 The rainL fellLI on the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the veryLII same day Noah with his sons,LIII
ShemLIV and HamLV and Japheth,LVI
and Noah’s wifeLVII and the threeLVIII wives of his sons enteredLIX the ark, 14 they and every wild animalLX of every kind and all domestic animalsLXI of every kind
and every creeping thingLXII that creepsLXIII on the earth and every birdLXIV of every kind.LXV
15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all fleshLXVI in which there was the breathLXVII of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as GodLXVIII had commanded him, and the Lord shut himLXIX in.LXX
17 The floodLXXI continuedLXXII forty days on the earth, and the watersLXXIII increasedLXXIV and bore upLXXV the ark, and it rose highLXXVI above the earth.
18 The waters swelledLXXVII and increased greatlyLXXVIII on the earth, and the ark floatedLXXIX on the face of the waters.
8:6 LXXXAt the endLXXXI of forty days Noah opened the windowLXXXII of the ark that he had made
7 and sent outLXXXIII the raven,LXXXIV and it wentLXXXV to and froLXXXVI until the waters were dried upLXXXVII from the earth.
8 Then he sent out the doveLXXXVIII from him to see if the waters had subsidedLXXXIX from the face of the ground, 9 but the dove foundXC no placeXCI
to set itsXCII foot,XCIII and it returnedXCIV to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the wholeXCV earth.
So he put outXCVI his handXCVII and took it and broughtXCVIII it into the ark with him. 10 He waitedXCIX anotherC seven days, and againCI he sent out the dove from the ark,
11 and the dove cameCII back to him inCIII the evening,CIV andCV there in its beakCVI
was a freshly pluckedCVII oliveCVIII leaf;CIX so Noah knewCX that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waitedCXI another seven days and sent out the dove, and it did not return to him any more.
13 CXIIIn the six hundred firstCXIII year, in the firstCXIV month, on the firstCXV day of the month, the waters were dried upCXVI from the earth,
and Noah removedCXVII the coveringCXVIII of the ark and lookedCXIX and sawCXX that the face of the ground was drying.
14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventhCXXI day of the month, the earth was dry. 15 Then God saidCXXII to Noah, 16 “Go outCXXIII of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring outCXXIV with you every living thingCXXV that is with you of all flesh—
birdsCXXVI and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—so that they may aboundCXXVII on the earth and be fruitfulCXXVIII and multiplyCXXIX on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.
9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “As for me,CXXX I am establishingCXXXI my covenantCXXXII with you and your descendantsCXXXIII afterCXXXIV you
10 and with every livingCXXXV creatureCXXXVI that is with you, the birds,CXXXVII the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as manyCXXXVIII as came outCXXXIX of the ark.CXL
11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh beCXLI cut offCXLII by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroyCXLIII the earth.”
12 God said, “This is the signCXLIV of the covenant that I makeCXLV betweenCXLVI me and you
and every livingCXLVII creature that is with you, for all futureCXLVIII generations: 13 I have setCXLIX my bowCL in the clouds,CLI and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Image credit: “Noah’s Ark” by Hans von Faber du Faur, before 1931.