Genesis 7:20
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New International Version
The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.

New Living Translation
rising more than twenty-two feet above the highest peaks.

English Standard Version
The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep.

New American Standard Bible
The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.

King James Bible
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mountains were covered as the waters surged above them more than 20 feet.

International Standard Version
The flood waters rose 15 cubits above the mountains.

NET Bible
The waters rose more than twenty feet above the mountains.

New Heart English Bible
The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It rose 23 feet above the mountaintops.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

New American Standard 1977
The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail, and the mountains were covered.

King James 2000 Bible
Fifteen cubits above did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

American King James Version
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

American Standard Version
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The water was fifteen cubits higher than the mountains which it covered.

Darby Bible Translation
Fifteen cubits upward the waters prevailed; and the mountains were covered.

English Revised Version
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail: and the mountains were covered.

World English Bible
The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.

Young's Literal Translation
fifteen cubits upwards have the waters become mighty, and the mountains are covered;
Study Bible
The Duration of the Flood
19The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. 20The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered. 21All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind;…
Cross References
Genesis 7:19
The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.

Genesis 8:4
In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.
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(20) Fifteen cubits upward.--This apparently was the draught of the ark, computed after it had settled. in the region of Ararat. Fifteen cubits would be about twenty-two feet, and as the ark floated onward without interruption until it finally grounded, there must have been this depth of water even on the highest summit in its course. Continuous rains for forty days and nights would scarcely produce so vast a mass of water, unless we suppose that the admh was some low-lying spot of ground whither the waters from many regions flowed together; but this is negatived by the ark having travelled into Armenia. In England the whole average mean rainfall in a year is not more than twenty-eight or thirty inches in depth. If we suppose this amount to have fallen in every twenty-four hours, the total quantity would be about 100 feet. Such a rain would denude the mountains of all soil, uproot all trees, sweep away all buildings, dig out new courses for the rivers, completely alter the whole surface of the ground, and cover the lower lands with dbris. Wherever there was any obstacle in their way, the waters would deepen in volume, and quickly burst a passage through it. But as they would be seeking the lower grounds during the whole forty days, it is difficult to understand how they could cover any of the heights to the depth of twenty-two feet, unless there were some cosmic convulsion (see Note on Genesis 7:11), by which the waters from the equator were carried towards the poles, and in this way there would be no difficulty in the ark being carried against the current of the Tigris and Euphrates up to the high lands of Armenia.

Verse 20. - Fifteen cubits upward - half the height of the ark - did the waters prevail. Literally, become strong; above the highest mountains obviously, and not above the ground simply; as, on the latter alternative, it could scarcely have been added, and the mountains were covered. Fifteen cubits upwards did the waters prevail,.... Either to such an height above the earth, upwards from that, or from the high hills; for though the words do not necessarily imply that, yet it may be allowed, since there was water enough to cover the highest of them; and fifteen cubits of water were enough to drown the tallest man, or largest beast that should be upon the top of any of them:

and the mountains were covered, with water, even it may be allowed fifteen cubits high; nor will this furnish out so considerable an objection to the history of the flood as may be thought at first sight, since the highest mountains are not near so high as they are by some calculated. Sir Walter Raleigh allows thirty miles for the height of the mountains, yet the highest in the world will not be found to be above six direct miles in height. Olympus, whose height is so extolled by the poets, does not exceed a mile and a half perpendicular, and about seventy paces. Mount Athos, said to cast its shade into the isle of Lemnos (according to, Pliny eighty seven miles) is not above two miles in height, nor Caucasus much more; nay, the Peak of Teneriff, reputed the highest mountain in the world, may be ascended in three days (according to the proportion of eight furlongs to a day's journey), which makes about the height of a German mile perpendicular; and the Spaniards affirm, that the Andes, those lofty mountains of Peru, in comparison of which they say the Alps are but cottages, may be ascended in four days' compass (o).

(o) See the Universal History, vol. 1. p. 218. marg. Bedford's Scripture Chronology, ch. 12. p. 152, 153. 20. Fifteen cubits upward … and the mountains were covered—twenty-two and a half feet above the summits of the highest hills. The language is not consistent with the theory of a partial deluge.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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