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The waters rose on earth for a hundred and fifty days. But God had Noah in mind, and all the wild beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark. God sent a wind across the earth and the waters subsided. The springs of the deep and the sluices of heaven were stopped. Rain ceased to fall from heaven; the waters gradually ebbed from the earth. After a hundred and fifty days the waters fell, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of that month, the ark came to a rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters gradually fell until the tenth month when, on the first day of the tenth month, the mountain peaks appeared. At the end of forty days Noah opened the porthole he had made in the ark and he sent out the raven, This went off, and flew back and forth until the water dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove, to see whether the waters were receding from the the surface of the earth. The dove, finding nowhere to perch, returned to him in the ark, for there was water over the whole surface of the earth; putting out his hands he took hold of it and brought it back into the ark with him. After waiting seven more days, again he sent out the dove from the ark. In the evening the dove came back to him and there it was with a new olive-branch in its beak. So Noah realised that the waters were receding from the earth. After waiting seven more days he sent out the dove, and now it returned to him no more. Genesis 8 : 1-12.

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