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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 8:6-12

We have here an account of the spies which Noah sent forth to bring him intelligence from abroad, a raven and a dove. Observe here, I. That though God had told Noah particularly when the flood would come, even to a day (Gen. 7:4), yet he did not give him a particular account by revelation at what times, and by what steps, it should go away, 1. Because the knowledge of the former was necessary to his preparing the ark, and settling himself in it; but the knowledge of the latter would serve only... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 8:12

And he stayed yet other seven days ,.... After the dove had returned: and sent forth the dove ; the same dove again: which returned not again unto him any more : the earth being dry, it found rest for the sole of its feet, sufficient food to eat, and a proper place for its habitation; and liking to be at liberty, and in the open air, chose not to return to the ark, even though its mate was there: of those birds sent out, the Heathen writers make mention: Abydenus says F19 Apud... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:4-18

Mount Ararat, or the landing of the ark. That disembarkment on the mountain heights of Ararat was an emblem of another landing which shall yet take place, when the great gospel ship of the Christian Church shall plant its living freight of redeemed souls upon the hills of heaven. Everything that Mount Ararat witnessed on that eventful day will yet be more conspicuously displayed in the sight of God's believing people who shall be counted worthy of eternal life. I. SIN PUNISHED . Mount... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:6-12

The dispensations of righteousness and love. The raven and the dove. While this passage has its natural, historical fitness, we cannot overlook its symbolical significance. It seems to set forth the two administrations of God, both of them going forth from the same center of his righteousness in which his people are kept safe. The one represented by the carrion bird, the raven, is THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUDGMENT , which goes forth to and fro until the waters are dried up from off the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:10-12

Hoping and waiting. I. The PATIENCE Of Noah's hope. 1. Patience a characteristic of all true hope ( Romans 8:25 ). 2. Faith in the Divine covenant is the secret of hope's patience ( Hebrews 11:1 ). 3. The patience of hope is always proportioned to the brightness of faith's vision. II. The EAGERNESS of Noah's hope. 1. While waiting God's time he kept a steady outlook for the coming of the promise. 2. He employed different methods to discover its approach—the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:12

And he stayed . וַיִּיָּחֶל ; Niph. fut. of יָחַל (Gesenius); cf. וַיָּחֶל . ( Genesis 8:10 ), Hiph. fut. of חוּל (Furst, Delitzsch). Tayler Lewis, following Jewish authorities, would derive both from יָחַל ; with Aben Ezra making the first a regular Niphal, and with Rashi the second a contracted Piel. Yet other seven days . The frequent repetition of the number seven clearly points to the hebdomadal division of the week, and the institution of Sabbatic rest ( vide ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 8:1-14

- The Land Was Dried1. שׁכך shākak “stoop, assuage.”3. חסר chāsar “want, fail, be abated.”4. אררט 'ărārāṭ, “Ararat,” a land forming part of Armenia. It is mentioned in 2 Kings 19:37, and Isaiah 37:38, as the retreat of Adrammelek and Sharezer after the murder of their father; and in Jeremiah 51:27 as a kingdom.8. קלל qālal, “be light, lightened, lightly esteemed, swift.”10. חוּל chûl, “twist, turn, dance, writhe, tremble, be strong, wait.” יהל yāchal “remain, wait, hope.”13. חרב... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Genesis 8:7-12

Genesis 8:7-12 . Noah sent forth a raven Through the window of the ark; which went forth As the Hebrew phrase is, going forth and returning; that is, flying about, but returning to the ark for rest; probably not in it, but upon it. This gave Noah little satisfaction: therefore, he sent forth a dove Which returned the first time with no good news, but probably wet and dirty; but the second time she brought an olive-leaf in her bill, which appeared to be fresh plucked off; a... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 8:1-19

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

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