Genesis 8

The Flood Subsides
8:1-19

8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

God remembered Noah [1] and the others in the ark.

So he decided to end the flood by closing the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven.

8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

The flood lasted 150 days.
How long did the flood last?

8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

The ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat on the 17th day of the seventh month.
How long did the ark float?

8:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

But the tops of the mountains didn't become visible until the tenth month (on the first day of the month).

8:6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

8:7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

At the end of forty days, Noah opened the window of the ark and sent out a raven to search for dry land. [2]

8:8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

Then Noah sent out a dove to do the same.

8:9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

But the dove returned without finding any land.

8:10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

8:11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

Seven days later, the dove returned with an olive leaf. [3]

8:12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

Noah sent out the dove again. This time it didn't return.

8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

On the 601st year, on the first day of the first month, the ground was completely dry.
When did the earth dry after the flood?

8:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

It was also dry on the 27th day of the second month.
When did the earth dry after the flood?

8:15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,

8:16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.

8:17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

God said to Noah,

It's time for you and your family to leave the ark.

The animals must also leave so they can be fruitful and multiply on the earth.

8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:

8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

So Noah, his family, and the animals left the ark. [4]

Noah's Sacrfice
8:20-22

8:20 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.

Noah sacrifices the "clean beasts" for God. [5]
Does God desire animal sacrifices?

8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more 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.

8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

And God smelled a sweet savor from Noah's sacrifice.

And God said to himself,

I won't curse the ground any more because of things things humans do.
Will God curse the earth?

Because human imaginations are evil from their youth. [6]

And I won't kill every living thing like I just did.

As long as the earth exists, planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will also exist. [7]