Genesis 8:6
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New International Version
After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark

New Living Translation
After another forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boat

English Standard Version
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made

New American Standard Bible
Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made;

King James Bible
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After 40 days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made,

International Standard Version
After 40 days, Noah opened the window of the ark that he had built

NET Bible
At the end of forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the ark

New Heart English Bible
It happened at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ship which he had made,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After 40 more days Noah opened the window he had made in the ship

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made.

New American Standard 1977
Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass at the end of forty days that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made,

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

American King James Version
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

American Standard Version
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after that forty days were passed, Noe, opening the window of the ark which he had made, sent forth a raven:

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass at the end of forty days that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

World English Bible
It happened at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ship which he had made,

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah openeth the window of the ark which he made,
Study Bible
Noah Sends a Raven and a Dove
5The 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. 6Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; 7and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth.…
Cross References
Genesis 6:16
"You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.

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.

Genesis 8:7
and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth.
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And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

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Genesis 6:16 A window shall you make to the ark, and in a cubit shall you finish …

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(6) Noah opened the window.--Not the zohar of Genesis 6:16, but an aperture. He had waited forty days after seeing the heights around him rising clearly into the air, and then, impatient of the slow subsidence of the waters, Noah at last sent forth a raven to bring him some news of the state of the earth. This bird was chosen as one strong of flight, and also, perhaps, because anciently regarded as prophetic of the weather; besides this, it is easily tamed, and as Noah retained its mate he had security for its return. And so it seems to have done, for it is described as going "forth to and fro." Each night it returned to the ark, and probably to its old perch near the female. The Chaldean Genesis agrees with many commentators and the ancient versions in supposing that the raven did not return, finding abundant food in the floating dead bodies (Chaldean Genesis, p. 286); but this is contrary to the Hebrew. The versions must have had a negative in their copies, and have read, "which went forth, going, and not returning." The present Hebrew text is, however, consistent with itself; for it adds, "until the waters," &c. This must mean that as soon as the earth was dry this going to and fro ceased.

Verses 6, 7. - And it came to pass, literally, it was - at the end of forty days. Delaying through combined fear and sorrow on account of the Divine judgment (Calvin); to allow sufficient space to undo the effect of the forty days' rain (Murphy); probably just to be assured that the Deluge would not return. That Noah opened the window - chalon, a window, "so called from being perforated, from chalal, to bore or pierce" (Gesenius); used of the window of Rahab's house (Joshua 2:18); not the window (tsohar) of Genesis 6:16, q.v. - of the ark which ha had made: and he sent forth a raven. Literally, the orev, so called from its black color' (Gesenius; cf. Song of Solomon 5:11), Latin, corvus, a raven or crow; the article being used either

(1) because the species of bird is intended to be indicated (Kalisch), or

(2) because there was only one male raven in the ark, the raven being among the unclean birds (Leviticus 11:15; Deuteronomy 14:14; Lunge); but against this is "the dove" (per. 8); or

(3) because it had come to be well known from this particular circumstance (Keil). Its peculiar fitness for the mission imposed on it lay in its being a bird of prey, and therefore able to sustain itself by feeding on carrion (Proverbs 30:17). To the incident here recorded is doubtless to be traced the prophetic character which in the ancient heathen world, and among the Arabians in particular, was supposed to attach to this ominous bird. Which went to and fro. Literally, and it went forth going and returning, i.e. flying backwards and forwards, from the ark and to the ark, perhaps resting on it, but not entering into it (Calvin, Willet, Ainsworth, Keil, Kalisch, Lunge, Bush, 'Speaker's Commentary'); though some have conceived that it no more returned to the ark, but kept flying to and fro throughout the earth (LXX., "καὶ ἐξελθὼν οὐκ ἀνέστρεψεν;" Vulgate, "qui egrediebatur et non revertebatur;" Alford, "it is hardly probable that it returned;" Murphy, "it did not need to return"). Until the waters were dried up from off the earth. When of course its return was unnecessary. Cf. for a similar form of expression 2 Samuel 6:23. Whether it entirely disappeared at the first, or continued hovering round the ark, Noah was unable from its movements to arrive at any certain conclusion as to the condition of the earth, and accordingly required to adopt another expedient, which he did in the mission of the dove. And it came to pass at the end of forty days,.... From the appearance of the mountains, that is, from the first day of the tenth month, to forty days after; and being ended, this must be the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the month Ab, which answers to July and August; and according to Bishop Usher (k) it was Friday the twenty eighth of August:

that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; of which See Gill on Genesis 6:16.

(k) Ut supra. (Annales Vet. Test. p. 4.) 6. at the end of forty days—It is easy to imagine the ardent longing Noah and his family must have felt to enjoy again the sight of land as well as breathe the fresh air; and it was perfectly consistent with faith and patience to make inquiries whether the earth was yet ready.8:4-12 The ark rested upon a mountain, whither it was directed by the wise and gracious providence of God, that might rest the sooner. God has times and places of rest for his people after their tossing; and many times he provides for their seasonable and comfortable settlement, without their own contrivance, and quite beyond their own foresight. God had told Noah when the flood would come, yet he did not give him an account by revelation, at what times and by what steps it should go away. The knowledge of the former was necessary to his preparing the ark; but the knowledge of the latter would serve only to gratify curiosity; and concealing it from him would exercise his faith and patience. Noah sent forth a raven from the ark, which went flying about, and feeding on the carcasses that floated. Noah then sent forth a dove, which returned the first time without good news; but the second time, she brought an olive leaf in her bill, plucked off, plainly showing that trees, fruit trees, began to appear above water. Noah sent forth the dove the second time, seven days after the first, and the third time was after seven days also; probably on the sabbath day. Having kept the sabbath with his little church, he expected especial blessings from Heaven, and inquired concerning them. The dove is an emblem of a gracious soul, that, finding no solid peace of satisfaction in this deluged, defiling world, returns to Christ as to its ark, as to its Noah, its rest. The defiling world, returns to Christ as to its ark, as to its Noah, its rest. The carnal heart, like the raven, takes up with the world, and feeds on the carrion it finds there; but return thou to my rest, O my soul; to thy Noah, so the word is, Ps 116:7. And as Noah put forth his hand, and took the dove, and pulled her to him, into the ark, so Christ will save, and help, and welcome those that flee to him for rest.
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