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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 7:21-24

Here is, I. The general destruction of all flesh by the waters of the flood. Come, and see the desolations which God makes in the earth (Ps. 46:8), and how he lays heaps upon heaps. Never did death triumph, from its first entrance unto this day, as it did then. Come, and see Death upon his pale horse, and hell following with him, Rev. 6:7, 8. 1. All the cattle, fowl, and creeping things, died, except the few that were in the ark. Observe how this is repeated: All flesh died, Gen. 7:21. All in... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 7:23

And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground ,.... Not everything, particularly trees; for after the flood was abated there was an olive tree, a leaf of which was brought to Noah by the dove, Genesis 8:11 but all animals: both men and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven, and they were destroyed from the earth ; this is repeated, partly for explanation of the preceding clause, and partly for confirmation of this general... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 7:23

And every living substance was destroyed —literally, wiped out (cf. Genesis 6:7 ; Genesis 7:4 )—w hich was upon the face of the ground, both man, and —literally, from, man urge— cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the hearten; and they were destroyed —wiped, out by washing (cf. Genesis 6:7 )— from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark . The straits to which the advocates of the documentary hypothesis are sometimes reduced... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 7:23

The Deluge. I. A STRIKING TESTIMONY TO THE DIVINE FAITHFULNESS . 1. In respect of threatenings against the wicked . Whether the faith of Noah ever betrayed symptoms of wavering during the long interval of waiting for the coming of the Flood it is impossible to say; it can scarcely be doubted that the men who for six score years had seen the sun rise and set with unwearied regularity, that had watched the steady and continuous movement of nature's laws and forces... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 7:17-24

The prevalence of the waters. The forty days are now completed. And at the end of this period the ark had been afloat for a long time. It was drifted on the waters in the direction in which they were flowing, and toward what was formerly the higher ground.Genesis 7:19Upon the land. - The land is to be understood of the portion of the earth’s surface known to man. This, with an unknown margin beyond it, was covered with the waters. But this is all that Scripture warrants us to assert. Concerning... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 7:1-24

The flood (6:9-8:19)Amid the corruption, there was one man, Noah, who remained faithful to God. Therefore, God promised to preserve Noah, along with his family, so that when the former evil race had been destroyed, he could use Noah and his family to build a new people (9-12; cf. Hebrews 11:7; 2 Peter 2:4-5; 2 Peter 2:4-5).God’s means of destruction was a great flood. Besides preserving Noah and his family, God preserved a pair of each kind of animals in the region, thereby helping to maintain... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 7:23

living substance = standing thing destroyed. Hebrew wiped out. Noah. See 1 Peter 3:20 . 2 Peter 2:5 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 7:21-24

"And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both birds, and cattle, and beasts, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was on the dry land, died. And every living thing was destroyed that was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only was left, and they that were with him in the ark. And the... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 7:11-24

The Flood proper 7:11-24There are two views among evangelicals as to the extent of the Flood.1. The flood was universal in that it covered the entire earth. Here is a summary of the evidence that supports this view.a. The purpose of the Flood (Genesis 6:5-7; Genesis 6:11-13).b. The need for an ark (Genesis 6:14).c. The size of the ark (Genesis 6:15-16).d. The universal terms used in the story (Genesis 6:17-21; Genesis 7:19; Genesis 7:21-23). Context must determine whether universal terms are... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 7:1-24

The Flood (continued)2. By sevens] RV ’seven and seven,’ or seven pairs. The clean animals might be used for food, and would also be required for sacrifice. Observe that in Genesis 6:19 this distinction between clean and unclean is not noticed, and that there also the animals are chosen in single pairs, ’two of every sort.’ Lists of ’clean’ and ’unclean’ animals are given in Leviticus 11.11. The second month] The year is here supposed to begin in autumn (cp. Exodus 34:22), so that the second... read more

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