¶ 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;
.2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
.3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
|1 - Remembered He had not forgotten but now brings the situation into his immediate attention. He cares for the little birds lu1206f.|
¶ And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day
of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
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.
|4 - Ararat Tradition indicates that the Ararat range in the land of Armenia is where the ark rested. Mt. Ararat itself has two peaks 17,000 ft. and 12,300 feet in elevation (5181 m and 3745 m). The Persians call them Koh-i-nuh, "the mountains of Noah."|
| 6 ¶ And it came to pass
at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which
he had made:
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
.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.
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
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.
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
|10 - [He waited] another seven days Finally the dove brought back the olive leaf "pluckt off" – not floating on the water.|
¶ 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.
14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
.15 ¶ And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
.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.
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
13 - Covering From mikseh. The word is used for the roof or the tabernacle ex2614. Also in nu0410. This means that raven and the dove had been sent from another opening. We assume that the "covering" was not the whole roof. This reminds us of a roof opening for someone to enter mr0201.
14 - Earth dried According to the information in the Bible we can calculate that the flood duration was exactly 12 months of 30 days. Noah and family were in the ark an additional seven days before the flood began.
15,16 - Go forth In God's timing they entered the ark ge0603 and by His timing they would leave it. For more than a year eight people and the animals had been in the ark. For the last seven months they waited until the order was given to exit. We remember that the earth had been devastated. During the waiting time the plants would reestablish themselves. The water that covered the fact of the whole earth would have time to subside. There may have been tectonic earth movements as the ground settled. What a joy it must have been to walk out.
17 - Every living thing None were lost.
17 - That they may breed Reproduction was apparently suspended. The command to multiply is a repetition to the original one ge0122.
¶ 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.
.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.
21 ". . . although the imagination of man's heart is evil. . . ." (NKJV)
.22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
- Clean beast. The idea of clean and unclean animals was
before Leviticus. In fact, it is assumed here and in the animals' entry,
so God had explained it even earlier.
20 - Burnt offering From the word 'oloth meaning to lift up, evidently referring to the smoke.
21 - Imagination ... is evil Sadly evil was to continue. Compare this verse with the reason for the flood ge0605ff. Instead of "from his youth" the earlier text says "continually."