Then he sent out a dove to see whether the water on the earth's surface had gone down,
but the dove found no resting place for its foot. It returned to him in the ark because water covered the surface of the whole earth. He reached out and brought it into the ark to himself.
So Noah waited seven more days and sent out the dove from the ark again.
When the dove came to him at evening, there was a plucked olive leaf in its beak. So Noah knew that the water on the earth's surface had gone down.
After he had waited another seven days, he sent out the dove, but it did not return to him again.
In the six hundred first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the water that had covered the earth was dried up. Then Noah removed the ark's cover and saw that the surface of the ground was drying.
By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was dry.
Then God spoke to Noah,
"Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons' wives with you.