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the people of God, in fulfilment of what had been foretold, that there should be enmity between the seed of the serpent and the Seed of the woman. And their enmity and violence were so great, and the enemies of the people of God so numerous, that it was come to the last extremity. Noah's reproofs and his preaching of righteousness were utterly disregarded. God's Spirit had striven with them one hundred and twenty years, but in vain. The church of God was reduced to such narrow limits as to be confined to one family. Neither was there any prospect of any thing else but of their totally swallowing it up in a very little time ; and so wholly destroying that small root from whence the Redeemer was to proceed. But by means of this flood, all the enemies of God's church, against whom that little handful had no strength, were swept off at once; and the whole earth was given to Noah and his family to enjoy in quiet.

And on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were again seen. But Noah waited forty days longer before he opened the window. Then he sent forth a raven, which flew hither and thither, and did not come back again. After that he sent forth a dove, but the dove returned to him into the ark. Then, seven days after, he sent the dove again forth out of the ark, and she came back again in the evening; and, behold, she had a green olive leaf in her beak. Then, after seven days, he sent forth the dove again, which returned not again to him any more. That was on the first day of the first month. And now Noah took off the covering of the ark, and he looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. Noah remained yet until the seven and twentieth day of

the second month ; until the ground was so dry that he was able to go forth out of the ark. Then Noah brought a thank-offering unto the Lord. And the Lord said, “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. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and barvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.

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And God blessed Noah, and made a covenant with him, and set a token of the covenant which he made with him in the clouds—the beautiful seven-coloured rainbow. And God said, “ This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is

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the earth.” e

Gen. viii. 21, 22.

e Gen. ix. 17.

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Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. He was the last who reached so great an age. His son Shem lived after the flood five hundred

years, and lived to see a great multitude of descendants. But Noah's grandson Arphaxed lived only to the age of four hundred and thirtyeight years, and his son four hundred and thirtythree. His grandson, Eber, indeed, attained the age of four hundred and sixty-four. But from that time the strength of men diminished so rapidly, that no one of those who came after ever reached two hundred and fifty years. Shem outlived his descendants in the tenth generation. At that time mighty men began to bring the people under their dominion. The first tyrant was Nimrod, the grandson of Ham and great grandson of Noah; and the beginning of his kingdom was Babel.

At that time all the world spoke one language. They determined to found a city in the plain of Shinar, near the river Euphrates, and to build in it a tower, the top of which should reach to heaven; to make themselves a name, and to prevent their being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. But their plan did not please God. “And the Lord said, Let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth : and they left off to build the city.”a If they had gone on and prospered in building that city and tower, it might have kept the world of wicked men, the enemies of God's people, together, as was their design. They might have remained united in one vast powerful body, in opposition to the church of

a Gen. xi. 7, 8.

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God. Thus it was in kindness to his church in the world, and in prosecution of his great design of redemption, that God put a stop to the building of the city and tower of Babel.

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A SHORT time before the death of Noah, Abram was born, in the tenth generation from Shem. Men were then divided into many nations, and were sunk into idolatry. Then the Lord said to Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee : and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee,

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Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. He was the last who reached so great an age. His son Shem lived after the flood five hundred years, and lived to see a great multitude of descendants. But Noah's grandson Arphaxed lived only to the age of four hundred and thirtyeight years, and his son four hundred and thirtythree. His grandson, Eber, indeed, attained the age of four hundred and sixty-four. But from that time the strength of men diminished so rapidly, that no one of those who came after ever reached two hundred and fifty years. Shem outlived his descendants in the tenth generation. At that time mighty men began to bring the people under their dominion. The first tyrant was Nimrod, the grandson of Ham and great grandson of Noah; and the beginning of his kingdom was Babel.

At that time all the world spoke one language. They determined to found a city in the plain of Shinar, near the river Euphrates, and to build in it a tower, the top of which should reach to heaven; to make themselves a name, and to prevent their being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. But their plan did not please God. “And the Lord said, Let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth : and they left off to build the city.”a If they had gone on and prospered in building that city and tower, it might have kept the world of wicked men, the

à Gen. xi. 7, 8.

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