The Great Flood: mythological story about a great destruction that once befell the earth. There are several variants; the Biblical version is the most famous. The possibility that there is a historical event behind the story (a local flood in southern Babylonia in the twenty-eighth century BCE) cannot be excluded.
[8.1] But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided;
[8.2] the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,
[8.3] and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters had abated;
[8.4] and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat.
[8.5] And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
[8.6] At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made,
[8.7] and sent forth a raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.
[8.8] Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground;
[8.9] but the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put forth his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.
[8.10] He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
[8.11] and the dove came back to him in the evening, and lo, in her mouth a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.
[8.12] Then he waited another seven days, and sent forth the dove; and she did not return to him any more.
[8.13] In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.
[8.14] In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.
[8.15] Then God said to Noah,
[8.16] "Go forth from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you.
[8.17] Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh - birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth - that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth."
[8.18] So Noah went forth, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him.
[8.19] And every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves upon the earth, went forth by families out of the ark.
[8.20] Then Noah built an altar to YHWH, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
[8.21] And when YHWH smelled the pleasing odor, YHWH said in his heart, "I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.
[8.22] While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease."