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house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Now, when a hundred and twenty years after that first warning given to Noah were expired, the Lord said to Noah, Enter thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee only have I found, in this corrupt and depraved age, free from the common infection of wickedness, and sincere-hearted towards me.
VII. 2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female : and of beasts which are not clean by two the male and his female. Of every clean beast, whereof there shall be great use for meat and sacrifice, shalt thou take unto thee seven ; of each kind; the one half whereof shall be male, the other, which is the greater half, female: all which shall by pairs come unto thee, as I formerly promised, being sent by instinct from me for their preservation ; but of unclean beasts, whereof there is less use, thou shalt take but only a couple of each ; the male and his female.
VII. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. In the end of the six hundreth year of Noah's life, in the second month of the spring, the seventeenth day of the month, even in that same day, began the issues of the lower waters, which are gathered within the earth, to gush forth above their banks; and those, which God had bound in the clouds of heaven, to pour down vehemently, like as if some full vessels had been at once cast out of the windows of the air.
VII. 16 And the LORD shut him in. And the Lord, by whose instinct all these creatures were brought thither, when all were entered, which he meant to preserve, closed up the door fast and sure, that he might be safe from the waters.
VII. 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days. And the waters violently overwhelmed all the whole earth, (counting from the beginning of those forty days wherein the rain fell, unto the end of a hundred and fifty days,) for the full space of five months.
VIII. 1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was within the ark : and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged ; Then God, who cannot forget his mercy to his, shewed by the effect to Noah, that he remembered him, and, for his sake, all the wild beasts and tame cattle, that were with him in the ark; therefore God, by his immediate power, caused an extraordinary drying or driving wind to pass about the earth, thus covered with waters, and the fury of the waters began by little and little to decrease :
VHI. 2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained: And God made way for the channels of the earth to receive in the waters, which they had sent forth ; and shut up the lower waters into their former receptacles; and closed up the passages of the clouds above ; and so the fall of the rain was restrained, when it had continued forty days and nights:
VIII. 3 And after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And after the end of the hundred and fiftieth day from the beginning of the flood, the waters sensibly abated.
VIII. 4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. And in the seventh month, and in the seventeenth day of the month, the ark, which had hitherto floated uncertainly, and was carried up by the force of the waves, that it could feel no ground, now, in the ebbing of the waters, stayed upon one of the high mountains of Ararat, the ledge whereof passeth along from Armenia eastward towards India.
VIII. 5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month : and in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. And from this resting of the ark, in the space of seventy-three days, which was till the first day of the tenth month, the waters so far abated, that the tops of the mountains were seen.
VIII. 6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the windows of the ark which he had made : And, forty days after the first of the tenth month, which fell upon the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Noah opened one of the windows of the ark, which he had made:
VIII. 7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and frog until the waters were dried up from off the earth. And he let forth a raven, (because that fowl was of a good scent, and used to feed on carcases, which might be found lying upon mountains,) thereby to have perfect knowledge of the decrease of the waters; which continued 'Auttering up and down, to and fro, not far from the ark, till the waters were dried up upon the earth.
VIII. 8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground. Again, since he could have no information hereof by the raven, about seven days after, he sent out a dove from him ; a bird, that was both more tame and domestical, and which was wont to seek her food in the plains ; that, by this second messenger, he might see, if the earth were yet lightened of her burthen of waters.
VIII. 9 For the waters were upon the face of the whole earth. For the waters were still over all that part of the earth, where he should have rested ; and still covered all the plains.
VIII. 13 And Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. And Noah removed some part of the roof of the ark, that he might
look round about him; and, viewing it, found that the upper part of the ground, even of the plains, appeared dry, that is, not covered over with waters; though still soft and moorish, with the continuance of that former moisture, that it was not yet fit for habitation.
VIII. 14 And, in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, was the earth dry. And, in the second month, in the twenty-seventh day of the month, which was a year and ten days after the beginning of the flood, was the earth fully dry, and firm, and habitable again.
VIII. 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. Then Noah, moved thereto by the godly example of his forefathers and by warrant from God, built an altar to the Lord ; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, one, (for God had appointed him one odd of each of these for this purpose,) and, partly for expiation, partly in token of his thankfulness, offered them, as a burnt-offering consumed to ashes unto God, for preservation of them and all their fellow-creatures.
VIII. 21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground 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. And the Lord, who was before offended with mankind, now was pacified toward the remainder of them; and pleased graciously to accept this obedience of Noah; and, as he had eternally decreed, so he uttered his counsel to Noah, I will not from henceforth send any more such general curse upon the earth, for man's sake; for I see, that if I should judge him according to his deserts, I should every day bring upon him a new deluge, for behold, all the thoughts and the whole fashion of man's heart is altogether evil, even from his infancy : my mercy therefore shall exalt itself above his sins; neither will I any more smite all living things, as I have now done, with a universal destruction.
VIII. 22 While the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease. Hereafter, the course and use of the seasons of the year, the harvest, the spring, winter, and summer; and their tempers of heat and cold, and the differences of the night and day, (which now, in the thick and gloomy darkness, could not well be observed,) shall no more generally cease, over all the whole earth, at once, so long as the earth reinaineth in this state.
IX. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, and upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea ; into your hand are they delivered. The outward privileges of your first creation, I do now, though imperfectly, renew to you ; let the fear and dread of you be planted naturally in every beast of the earth, whether tame or wild, and in every fowl of the air, and generally in all that treadeth upon the earth, and in all the fishes of the sea : all these, my will is, shall be subject to your pleasure and command ; and that, as by you and for you, they were preserved, so they shall accordingly serve to your use.
IX. 3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you ; even as the green herb have I given you all things, Yea, in respect of your diet, I do now, whether give or renew unto you, more ample privileges; for now, since that the strength of all herbs and plants is decreased with the deluge, I allow you every thing that moveth and liveth, to be meat for you ; of all which, you will wisely make choice for yourselves, of those creatures which are wholesome and fit: even as freely do I now allow you to eat thereof, as I formerly did allow the
did allow the green herb for them and you ; so do I now allow them unto you.
IX. 4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat, But, so do I give you the liberty to eat of the flesh of all other creatures, as that you abstain from eating the blood of them ; whether with the flesh or severed from it; whether they be alive or dead; for in the blood is the seat of life, which cannot without cruelty be devoured.
IX. 5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Further, know ye, that I have great respect, as to the eating, so to the spilling of blood, wherein the vital spirits are seated, but especially of man, which is my principal creature; and so do detest cruelty in shedding his blood, that if a very brute beast shall be guilty of this fact, I will have his blood shed again for it; much more will I have this satisfaction from a neighbour or brother, for the life of a man.
IX. 6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed : for in the image of God made he man. Whosoever sheddeth man's blood, unless by lawful authority from God, his blood shall be shed again; for in his own image hath God made man; some remnants whereof there are still in our depravedness: therefore follows it, that both a man may not shed his brother's blood, and that the magistrates in God's name may and must revenge it.
IX. 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. I will and ordain, that the rainbow, which you have seen appear in the watry cloud, shall be, from henceforth, set apart for the sign of a covenant, made on my part betwixt me and the earth, of never drowning it again ; which may the more fitly represent thus much unto you, for that it naturally is wont to foresignify the ceasing of the rain, by the appearance thereof.
IX. 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all fesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. You shall then know, by this sign, that I remember my purpose of never drowning the world, &c.
IX. 20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard. And Noah began again, according to his former trade, to exercise himself in tilling the earth; and of those vines, which were found here and there, sprouting out of the earth, be, with much indusstry, planted a whole vineyard ; and by this means devised the use of wine.
IX. 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken, and he was uncovered within his tent. And he drank of that his wine; and, whether through ignorance or weakness, was drunk therewith ; insomuch that, forgetting himself and all shame and comeliness, he lay immodestly uncovered, and that openly in the floor of his tent.
IX. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And when Cham, the youngest son of Noah, had unnaturally sported himself in gazing upon his father's nakedness, he told his two brethren, without, that they might also take part with him, in this wicked derision of their father.
IX. 24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done unto him.
Then Noah awoke from his wine ; and, by inquiry upon occasion of his sons' garment which he found upon him, knew what his youngest son had done unto him :
IX. 25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan ; a servant of servants he shall be unto his brethren. And, in the spirit of prophecy, said ; The sin of Cham is so great, that the punishment of it shall not rest in him alone, but shall be derived to his posterity: even Canaan's son, amongst the rest, shall be accursed; he shall be in most slavish servitude, even to his own brethren.
IX. 27 God shall enlarge (or persuade) Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall persuade the posterity of Japheth, by the voice of his word, to come home into the bosom of the true Church ; and Canaan's issue shall be servants unto theirs.
X. 8 And Cush begat Nimrod : he began to be a mighty one in the earth. And Cush begat Nimrod, who began to usurp much rule, and by oppression to enlarge the bounds of his dominions.
X. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD ; wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod The mighty hunter before the LORD. He was a cruel tyrant, both in his usurpation, and in the manner of his government; without all awe of God, or care of men;