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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 8:4-5

Here we have the effects and evidences of the ebbing of the waters. 1. The ark rested. This was some satisfaction to Noah, to feel the house he was in upon firm ground, and no longer movable. It rested upon a mountain, whither it was directed, not by Noah's prudence (he did not steer it), but by the wise and gracious providence of God, that it might rest the sooner. Note, God has times and places of rest for his people after their tossings; and many a time he provides for their seasonable and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 8:4

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month ,.... That is, five months after the flood began, and when the waters began to decrease; for this is not the seventh month of the flood, but of the year, which being reckoned from Tisri, or the autumnal equinox, must be the month Nisan, which answers to part of our March, and part of April; and so the Targum of Jonathan explains it,"this is the month Nisan;'but Jarchi makes it to be the month Sivan, which answers to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 8:4

The mountains of Ararat - That Ararat was a mountain of Armenia is almost universally agreed. What is commonly thought to be the Ararat of the Scriptures, has been visited by many travelers, and on it there are several monasteries. For a long time the world has been amused with reports that the remains of the ark were still visible there; but Mr. Tournefort, a famous French naturalist, who was on the spot, assures us that nothing of the kind is there to be seen. As there is a great chain of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:1-5

Grace and providence. The powers of material nature are obedient servants of God, and those who are the objects of his regard, remembered by him, are safely kept in the midst of the world's changes. "All things work together for their good." There is an inner circle of special providence in which the family of God, with those whose existence is bound up in it, is under the eye of the heavenly Father, and in the hollow of his hand. "And the ark rested" ( Genesis 8:4 ). We speak of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 8:4

And the ark rested. Not stopped sailing or floating, got becalmed, and remained suspended over (Kitto's 'Cyclop.,' art. Ararat), but actually grounded and settled on (Tayler Lewis) the place indicated by עַל (cf. Genesis 8:9 ; also Exodus 10:14 ; Numbers 10:36 ; Numbers 11:25 , Numbers 11:26 ; Isaiah 11:2 ). In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month. I .e. exactly 150 days from the commencement of the forty days' rain, reckoning thirty days to a month,... 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

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 8:3-5

Genesis 8:3-5 . The waters returned from off the earth continually Hebrews they were going and returning; a gradual departure. The heat of the sun exhaled much, and perhaps the subterraneous caverns soaked in more. And the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat Or, Armenia, whither it was directed, not by Noah’s prudence, but the wise providence of God. The tops of the mountains were seen Like little islands appearing above water. They felt ground above forty days before they ... 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

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 8:4

rested. Saturday, the Sabbath Day. Compare Genesis 7:4 . read more

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