Genesis 7:17
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New International Version
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.

New Living Translation
For forty days the floodwaters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth.

English Standard Version
The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.

New American Standard Bible
Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.

King James Bible
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The flood continued for 40 days on the earth; the waters increased and lifted up the ark so that it rose above the earth.

International Standard Version
The flood continued throughout the earth for 40 days, while the flood waters increased, lifting the ark so that it rose above the surface of the earth.

NET Bible
The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth.

New Heart English Bible
The flood was forty days on the earth. The waters increased, and lifted up the ship, and it was lifted up above the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The flood continued for 40 days on the earth. The water increased and lifted the ship so that it rose high above the ground.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth.

New American Standard 1977
Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days; and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the flood was forty days upon the earth, and the waters multiplied and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth.

American King James Version
And the flood was forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

American Standard Version
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the flood was forty days upon the earth, and the waters increased, and lifted up the ark on high from earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And the flood was forty days on the earth. And the waters increased, and bore up the ark; and it was lifted up above the earth.

English Revised Version
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the flood was forty days upon the earth: and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lifted above the earth.

World English Bible
The flood was forty days on the earth. The waters increased, and lifted up the ship, and it was lifted up above the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
And the deluge is forty days on the earth, and the waters multiply, and lift up the ark, and it is raised up from off the earth;
Study Bible
The Duration of the Flood
16Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him. 17Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. 18The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.…
Cross References
Genesis 7:4
"For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made."

Genesis 7:12
The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.

Genesis 7:16
Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him.

Genesis 7:18
The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
Treasury of Scripture

And the flood was forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

Genesis 7:4,12 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain on the earth forty …

(17-19) The waters increased . . . --The swelling of the flood is told with great power in these verses but every stage and detail has reference to the ark, as if the author of the narrative was one of those on board. First, the "waters increased," and raised up the ark till it floated. Next, "they became strong and increased exceedingly"--the word rendered "prevailed" really signifying the setting in of mighty currents (see on Genesis 8:1), as the waters sought the lower ground--and at this stage the ark began to move. Finally, they "became strong exceedingly, exceedingly," rushing along with ever-increasing force, and carrying the ark high above every hill in its course. Of these it is said--

All the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.--Interpreting this by the English Version, many regard it as a proof of the deluge having been universal. But omitting the well-known fact that in the Bible the word "all" means much less than with us, we must also remember that the Hebrew language has a very small vocabulary, and "the whole heaven" means simply the whole shy. We with our composite language borrow a word for it from the Greek, and say "the whole horizon," that is, the whole heaven, bounded by the line of the spectators vision. So then here. Far and wide, in every direction, to the utmost reach of the beholder's gaze, no mountain was in sight. All was a surging waste of flood. But there is no idea here of the mountains of Auvergne, with the ashes of old-world volcanoes still reposing upon their craters, extinct from a time probably long anterior to the creation even of man. The mountains were those of the Noachian world, as limited as the Roman world of Luke 2:1, or even more so.

Verses 17-19. - And the flood was forty days upon the earth. Referring to the forty days' and nights' rain of ver. 4 (τεσσαράκοντα ἡμέρας καὶ τεσσαράκοντα νύκτας, LXX.), during which the augmentation of the waters is described in a threefold degree. And the waters increased. Literally, grew great. The first degree of increase, marked by the floating of the ark. And bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. Literally, it was high from upon the earth, i.e. it rose above it. And the waters prevailed. Literally, were strong; from גָּבַר, to be strong; whence the Gibborim of Genesis 6:4. And were increased greatly on the earth. Literally, became great, greatly. The second degree of increase, marked by the going of the ark. And the ark went - i.e. floated along; καὶ ἐπεφέρετο, LXX. (Psalm 104:26) - upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly. Literally, and the waters became strong, exceedingly. The third degree of increase, marked by the submergence of the mountains. And all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. A clear assertion of the universality of the Flood (Keil, Kalisch, Alford, Bush, Wordsworth); but the language does not necessarily imply more than that all the high hills beneath the spectator s heaven were submerged (cf. Genesis 41:57; Exodus 9:25; Exodus 10:15; Deuteronomy 2:25; 1 Kings 10:24; Acts 2:5; Colossians 1:25, for instances in which the universal terms all and every must be taken with a limited signification); while it is almost certain that, had the narrator even designed to record only the fact that all the heights within the visible horizon had disappeared beneath the rising waters, he would have done so by saying that "all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered." While, then, it is admitted that the words may depict a complete submergence of the globe, it is maintained by many competent scholars that the necessities of exegesis only demand a partial inundation (Peele, Murphy, Taylor Lewis, 'Speaker's Commentary,' Inglis). And the flood was forty days upon the earth,.... This is said with respect to what follows, and the meaning is, that when and after the flood had been upon the earth so long, then

the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth; after this they were so many and so strong that they lifted up the ark from the place where it stood, and bore it up, that it touched not the earth; and Aben Ezra from hence infers, that the ark did not remove from its place after the flood began, until forty days. 17. the waters increased, and bare up the ark—It seems to have been raised so gradually as to be scarcely perceptible to its occupants.7:17-20 The flood was increasing forty days. The waters rose so high, that the tops of the highest mountains were overflowed more than twenty feet. There is no place on earth so high as to set men out of the reach of God's judgments. God's hand will find out all his enemies, Ps 21:8. When the flood thus increased, Noah's ark was lifted up, and the waters which broke down every thing else, bore up the ark. That which to unbelievers betokens death unto death, to the faithful betokens life unto life.
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