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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 8:20-22

Here is, I. Noah's thankful acknowledgment of God's favour to him, in completing the mercy of his deliverance, Gen. 8:20. 1. He built an altar. Hitherto he had done nothing without particular instructions and commands from God. He had a particular call into the ark, and another out of it; but, altars and sacrifices being already of divine institution for religious worship, he did not stay for a particular command thus to express his thankfulness. Those that have received mercy from God should... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 8:22

While the earth remaineth ,.... Which as to its substance may remain for ever, Ecclesiastes 1:4 yet as to its form and quality will be changed; that and all in it will be burnt up; there will be an end of all things in it, for so the words are in the original, "as yet all the days of the earth", or "while all the days of the earth" are F9 עד כל ימי הארץ "cunctis diebus terrae", V. L. "adhuc omnes dies terrae", Pagninus, Montanus; so Drusius, Cocceius. ; which shows that there... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 8:22

While the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest, etc. - There is something very expressive in the original, הארץ ימי כל עד od col yemey haarets , until all the Days of the earth; for God does not reckon its duration by centuries, and the words themselves afford a strong presumption that the earth shall not have an endless duration. Seed-time and harvest - It is very probable that the seasons, which were distinctly marked immediately after the deluge, are mentioned in this place; but... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 8:22

Verse 22 22.While the earth remaineth (285) By these words the world is again completely restored. For so great was the confusion and disorder which had overspread the earth, that there was a necessity for some renovation. On which account, Peter speaks of the old world as having perished in the deluge, (2 Peter 3:6.) Moreover, the deluge had been an interruption of the order of nature. For the revolutions of the sun and moon had ceased: there was no distinction of winter and summer. Wherefore,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:15-22

The saint and the Savior. I. THE SAVIOR 'S INJUNCTION TO THE SAINT ( Genesis 8:15 ). The command which God addressed to Noah and the other inmates of the ark to go forth and take possession of the renovated earth may be regarded as emblematic of that Divine instruction which shall yet be given to the saints to go forth and take possession of the now heavens and the new earth, when the great gospel ship of the Christian Church, now floating on the troubled sea of life, shall have... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:20-22

The sanctification of the earth. The sweet savor of man's burnt offerings— I. RELIGIOUS LIFE IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD when it is II. UNION and COMMUNION between God and man is the foundation on which all earthly happiness and security rest. III. The FORBEARANCE AND MERCY OF GOD in his relation to those whose hearts are yet full of evil is at once probation and grace. The ground is not cursed any more for man's sake, but, the more evidently, that which falls upon... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:22

While the earth remaineth . Literally, as yet, all the days of the earth, i.e. henceforth, so long as the earth continues, עֹד expressing the ideas of repetition and continuance ( vide Genesis 8:12 ). Seed-time and harvest ,—from roots signifying to scatter, e.g. seed, and to cut off, specially grain; σπε ì ρμα και Ì θερισμο Ì ς ( LXX .)— and cold and heat ,— ψυ ì χος και Ì καυ ͂ μα ( LXX .)— and summer and winter . Properly the cutting off... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 8:15-22

- XXVII. The Ark Was Evacuated19. משׁפחה mı̂shpāchah, “kind, clan, family.” שׁפחה shı̂pchâh, “maid-servant; related: spread.”20. מזבח mı̂zbēach, “altar; related: slay animals, sacrifice.”21. עלה 'olâh, “whole burnt-offering.” That which goes up. “Step; related: go up.”Genesis 8:15-19The command to leave the ark is given and obeyed. As Noah did not enter, so neither does he leave the ark, without divine direction. “The fowl, the cattle, and the creeper.” Here, again, these three classes are... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Genesis 8:22

Genesis 8:22. While the earth remaineth Here it is plainly intimated that the earth is not to remain always: it, and all the works therein, must be burned up. But as long as it doth remain, God here promises the course of nature shall not be discontinued; but God’s providence will carefully preserve the regular succession of times and seasons. Seed-time and harvest shall not cease To this we owe it that the world stands, and the wheel of nature keeps its track. See here how changeable the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 8:20-22

A new beginning (8:20-9:7)On returning to the earth now cleansed from sin, Noah first offered sacrifices to God. God’s promise not to destroy the earth by a flood again was not because he expected people to improve. He knew they would be as sinful as ever. If God always dealt with people as they deserved, such floods would occur constantly. But in his mercy God would allow sinful people to continue to live on his earth (20-22).With this new beginning, God gave Noah the same sorts of commands as... read more

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