), that is of the Sethites with the Cainite women, "Noah was a just and perfect man in his generations" and "walked with God " (6:9).
Hence, when God decreed to destroy men from the face of the earth, he "found grace before the Lord".
But there can be no difficulty if, as is now generally admitted, the Deluge was not geographically universal (see DELUGE; ARK).
After leaving the ark Noah built an altar, and taking of all clean animals and birds, offered holocausts upon it.
God accepted the sacrifice, and made a covenant with Noah, and through him with all mankind, that He would not waste the earth or destroy man by another deluge.