Genesis 6:5-22 & 8:6-12 & 9:8-17
Narrative Lectionary 101
6:5 The LordI sawII that the wickednessIII of humansIV
was greatV in the earthVI and that everyVII inclinationVIII
of the thoughtsIX of their heartsX was onlyXI evilXII continually.XIII
6 And the Lord was sorryXIV that he had madeXV humans on the earth, and it grievedXVI him to his heart.
7 So the Lord said, “I will blot outXVII from theXVIII earthXIX the humans I have createdXX—
peopleXXI together with animalsXXII and creeping thingsXXIII and birdsXXIV of the airXXV—for I am sorry that I have made them.”
8 But NoahXXVI foundXXVII favorXXVIII in the sightXXIX of the Lord.
9 These are the descendantsXXX of Noah. Noah wasXXXI a righteousXXXII man,XXXIII
blamelessXXXIV in his generation;XXXV Noah walkedXXXVI with God.XXXVII
10 And Noah hadXXXVIII threeXXXIX sons:XL Shem,XLI Ham,XLII and Japheth.XLIII
11 Now the earthXLIV was corruptXLV in God’s sight,XLVI and the earthXLVII was filledXLVIII with violence.XLIX
12 And God saw that the earthL was corrupt, for allLI fleshLII had corrupted its waysLIII upon the earth.LIV
13 And God said to Noah, “ILV have determinedLVI to make an endLVII of all flesh, for the earthLVIII is filled with violence because ofLIX them; nowLX I am going to destroyLXI them along with the earth.LXII
14 Make yourself an arkLXIII of cypressLXIV wood;LXV make roomsLXVI in the ark,
and coverLXVII it insideLXVIII and outLXIX with pitch.LXX
15 This is how you are to make it: the lengthLXXI of the ark three hundredLXXII cubits,LXXIII
its widthLXXIV fiftyLXXV cubits, and its heightLXXVI thirtyLXXVII cubits.
16 Make a roofLXXVIII for the ark, and finishLXXIX it to a cubit above,LXXX and putLXXXI the doorLXXXII
of the ark in its side;LXXXIII make it with lower,LXXXIV second,LXXXV and thirdLXXXVI decks.
17 For my part, ILXXXVII am going to bringLXXXVIII a floodLXXXIX of watersXC on the earth,XCI to destroy from underXCII heavenXCIII
all flesh in which is the breathXCIV of life;XCV everythingXCVI that is on the earthXCVII shall die.XCVIII
18 But I will establishXCIX my covenantC with you, and you shall comeCI into the ark, you, your sons, your wife,CII and your sons’ wives with you.
19 And of every living thing,CIII of all flesh, you shall bring twoCIV of every kind into the ark, to keep them aliveCV with you; they shall be maleCVI and female.CVII
20 Of the birds according to their kindsCVIII and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the groundCIX according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive. 21 Also takeCX with you every kind of foodCXI that is eaten,CXII
and storeCXIII it up, and it shall serveCXIV as foodCXV for you and for them.”
22 Noah didCXVI this;CXVII he did all that God commandedCXVIII him.
8:6 CXIXAt the end of fortyCXX daysCXXI Noah openedCXXII the windowCXXIII of the ark that he had made
7 and sent outCXXIV the raven,CXXV and it wentCXXVI to and froCXXVII until the waters were dried upCXXVIII from the earth.CXXIX
8 Then he sent out the doveCXXX from him to see if the waters had subsidedCXXXI from the faceCXXXII of the ground, 9 but the dove found no placeCXXXIII to setCXXXIV its foot,CXXXV
and it returnedCXXXVI to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the wholeCXXXVII earth.CXXXVIII So he put outCXXXIX his handCXL and took it and brought it into the ark with him.
10 He waitedCXLI anotherCXLII sevenCXLIII days, and againCXLIV he sent out the dove from the ark,
11 and the dove came back to him in theCXLV evening,CXLVI andCXLVII there in its beakCXLVIII
was a freshly pluckedCXLIX oliveCL leaf;CLI so Noah knewCLII that the waters had subsided from the earth.CLIII 12 Then he waitedCLIV another seven days and sent out the dove, and it did notCLV return to him any more.
9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “As for me,CLVI I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendantsCLVII afterCLVIII you 10 and with every livingCLIX creatureCLX that is with you, the birds,
the domestic animals,CLXI and every animalCLXII of the earthCLXIII with you, as manyCLXIV as came outCLXV of the ark.CLXVI 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut offCLXVII by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”CLXVIII
12 God said, “This is the signCLXIX of the covenant that I makeCLXX betweenCLXXI me andCLXXII you andCLXXIII every living creature that is with you, for all futureCLXXIV generations:
13 I have setCLXXV my bowCLXXVI in the clouds,CLXXVII and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me andCLXXVIII the earth.CLXXIX
14 CLXXXWhen I bringCLXXXI clouds over the earthCLXXXII and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will rememberCLXXXIII my covenant that is between me andCLXXXIV you andCLXXXV every living creature of all flesh, and the waters shall never again becomeCLXXXVI a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlastingCLXXXVII covenant between God andCLXXXVIII every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”CLXXXIX
17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me andCXC all flesh that is on the earth.”CXCI
Image credit: “Noah and the Ark” by Jeff Jacobs of FreeBibleimages.