Genesis 8:7
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New International Version
and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.

New Living Translation
and released a raven. The bird flew back and forth until the floodwaters on the earth had dried up.

English Standard Version
and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.

New American Standard Bible
and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth.

King James Bible
And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he sent out a raven. It went back and forth until the waters had dried up from the earth.

International Standard Version
and sent out a raven. It went back and forth as the flood water continued to evaporate throughout the earth.

NET Bible
and sent out a raven; it kept flying back and forth until the waters had dried up on the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and sent out a raven. It kept flying back and forth until the water on the land had dried up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

American King James Version
And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

American Standard Version
and he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which went forth and did not return, till the waters were dried up upon the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sent out the raven, which went forth going to and fro, until the waters were dried from the earth.

English Revised Version
and he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, till the waters were dried from off the earth.

World English Bible
and he sent forth a raven. It went back and forth, until the waters were dried up from the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
and he sendeth forth the raven, and it goeth out, going out and turning back till the drying of the waters from off the earth.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he sent forth a raven,.... That by it he might make his observation, how high or low the waters were upon the earth; and the rather he sent out the raven, a bird of prey, which feeds on carrion, that if the earth had been dry, the smell of the dead carcasses would have invited it to go far off from the ark, and not return; but if not, he would see it again:

which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from the earth; or, "and it went forth, going forth and returning" (l); it went forth out of the ark, and returned, but might not go into it, but went forth again, and then returned; and thus it continued going backwards and forwards, until the waters were dried up, when it returned no more: the Septuagint version is, "and it returned not"; and so some Jewish writers (m) say, it found the carcass of a man on the top of the mountains, and sat upon it for food, and returned not: hence came the fable of Apollo's sending a raven to fetch water, while he was sacrificing, which lighting on a large corn field, yet green, and being willing to enjoy some grains of it, waited till it was ripe, and neglected its orders (n); and hence is the proverb, "corvus nuntius". Some make this creature to be an emblem of the law, first sent forth, but brought no good tidings of the waters of God's wrath being assuaged, but worketh wrath, and is the ministration of condemnation and death: rather it is an emblem of unregenerate men, who are, like it, black through original sin and actual transgressions; are unclean and polluted in all the powers and faculties of their souls; are hateful, hating one another, and live in carnal and sensual lusts pleasures.

(l) "et exiit egrediende et redeundo", Pagninus, Montanus, Schmidt. (m) Pirke Eliezer, c. 23. (n) Aelian. Var. Hist. l. 1. c. 47.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. And he sent forth a raven—The smell of carrion would allure it to remain if the earth were in a habitable state. But it kept hovering about the spot, and, being a solitary bird, probably perched on the covering.

Genesis 8:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Noah Sends a Raven and a Dove
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. 8Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land;…
Cross References
Genesis 8:6
After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark

Genesis 8:8
Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.
Treasury of Scripture

And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

a raven.

Leviticus 11:15 Every raven after his kind;

1 Kings 17:4,6 And it shall be, that you shall drink of the brook; and I have commanded …

Job 38:41 Who provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry to God, …

Psalm 147:9 He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

went forth to and fro. Heb. in going forth and returning.

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