Genesis 8:3
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New International Version
The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down,

New Living Translation
So the floodwaters gradually receded from the earth. After 150 days,

English Standard Version
and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated,

New American Standard Bible
and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased.

King James Bible
And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The water steadily receded from the earth, and by the end of 150 days the waters had decreased significantly.

International Standard Version
Then the flood waters steadily receded, diminishing completely by the end of the 150 days.

NET Bible
The waters kept receding steadily from the earth, so that they had gone down by the end of the 150 days.

New Heart English Bible
The waters receded from the earth continually. After the end of one hundred fifty days the waters decreased.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The water began to recede from the land. At the end of 150 days the water had decreased.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the waters returned from off the earth continually; and after the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.

New American Standard 1977
and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and the waters turned back and forth upon the earth, and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

King James 2000 Bible
And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

American King James Version
And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

American Standard Version
and the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the waters returned from off the earth going and coming: and they began to be abated after a hundred and fifty days.

Darby Bible Translation
And the waters retired from the earth, continually retiring; and in the course of a hundred and fifty days the waters abated.

English Revised Version
and the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of an hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

World English Bible
The waters receded from the earth continually. After the end of one hundred fifty days the waters decreased.

Young's Literal Translation
And turn back do the waters from off the earth, going on and returning; and the waters are lacking at the end of a hundred and fifty days.
Study Bible
The Ark Rests on Ararat
2Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained; 3and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased. 4In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.…
Cross References
Genesis 7:24
The water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days.

Genesis 8:5
The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.
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And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

continually. Heb. in going and returning. hundred.

Genesis 7:11,24 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the …

(3) The waters returned from off the earth.--This backward motion of the waters also seems to indicate that a vast wave from the sea had swept over the land, in addition to the forty days of rain.

Were abated.--Heb., decreased. Those in the ark would notice the changing current, and would know, by their being aground, that the flood was diminishing. But it was not till the first day of the tenth month that the tops of the mountains were seen. This slow abatement of the waters and their stillness, described in Genesis 8:1, makes it probable that the ark had grounded on some land-locked spot.

Verse 3. - And the waters returned from off the earth continually. Literally, going and returning. "More and more" (Gesenius). The first verb expresses the continuance and self-increasing state of the action involved in the second; cf. Genesis 26:13; 1 Samuel 6:12; 2 Kings 2:11 (Furst). Gradually (Murphy, Ewald). The expression "denotes the turning-point after the waters had become calm" (T. Lewis). May it not be an attempt to represent the undulatory motion of the waves in an ebbing tide, in which the water seems first to advance, but only to retire with greater vehemence, reversing the movement of a flowing tide, in which it first retires and then advances - in the one case returning to go, in the other going to return? The LXX., as usual, indicates the visible effect rather than the actual phenomenon: καὶ ἐνεδίδου τὸ ὕδωρ πορεύομενον ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς. And after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. Literally, were cut off, hence diminished; imminsutae sunt (Vulgate); ἠλαττονοῦτο τὸ ὕδωρ (LXX.). The first stage was the quieting of the waters; the second was the commencement of an ebbing or backward motion; the third was a perceptible diminution of the waters. And the waters returned from off the earth continually,.... Or "going and returning" (s); they went off from the earth, and returned to their proper places appointed for them; some were dried up by the wind, and exhaled by the sun into the air: and others returned to their channels and cavities in the earth, or soaked into it:

and after the end of the hundred and fifty days, the waters were abated; or began to abate, as Jarchi and the Vulgate Latin version; which days are to be reckoned from the beginning of the flood, including the forty days' rain; though Jarchi reckons them from the time of the ceasing of it; so that there were from the beginning of the flood one hundred and ninety days; six months, and ten days of the year of the flood now past; and in this he is followed by Dr. Lightfoot (t): but the former reckoning seems best, and agrees better with what follows.

(s) , "eundo et redeundo", Pagninus, Montanus. (t) Works, vol. 1. p. 6. 8:1-3 The whole race of mankind, except Noah and his family, were now dead, so that God's remembering Noah, was the return of his mercy to mankind, of whom he would not make a full end. The demands of Divine justice had been answered by the ruin of sinners. God sent his wind to dry the earth, and seal up his waters. The same hand that brings the desolation, must bring the deliverance; to that hand, therefore, we must ever look. When afflictions have done the work for which they are sent, whether killing work or curing work, they will be taken away. As the earth was not drowned in a day, so it was not dried in a day. God usually works deliverance for his people gradually, that the day of small things may not be despised, nor the day of great things despaired of.
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