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

New Living Translation
He also released a dove to see if the water had receded and it could find dry ground.

English Standard Version
Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.

New American Standard Bible
Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land;

King James Bible
Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he sent out a dove to see whether the water on the earth's surface had gone down,

International Standard Version
Later, he sent a dove out from the ark to see whether the water that covered the land's surface had completely receded,

NET Bible
Then Noah sent out a dove to see if the waters had receded from the surface of the ground.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Next, he sent out a dove to see if the water was gone from the surface of the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Also he sent forth a dove from him to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground,

King James 2000 Bible
Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

American King James Version
Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

American Standard Version
And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

Douay-Rheims Bible
He sent forth also a dove after him, to see if the waters had now ceased upon the face of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had become low on the ground.

English Revised Version
And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

Webster's Bible Translation
Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

World English Bible
He sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from the surface of the ground,

Young's Literal Translation
And he sendeth forth the dove from him to see whether the waters have been lightened from off the face of the ground,
Parallel Commentaries
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 8, 9. - Also he sent forth - per. 10 seems to Warrant the inference that this was after an interval of seven days (Baumgarten, Knobel, Keil, Lange) - a dove. Literally, the dove. The Scriptural references to the dove are very numerous: cf. Psalm 68:14 (its beautiful plumage); Leviticus 5:7; Leviticus 12:6 (its sacrificial use); Isaiah 38:14; Isaiah 59:11 (its plaintive notes); Psalm 55:6 (its power of flight); Matthew 10:16 (its gentleness); vide also the metaphorical usage of the term in Song of Solomon 1:15; Song of Solomon 5:12 (beautiful eyes); Song of Solomon 5:2; Song of Solomon 6:9 (a term of endearment). From him. I.e. from himself, from the ark; not ὀπίχω αὐτοῦ (LXX.), post eum (Vulgate); i.e. after the raven. Lange thinks the expression indicates that the gentle creature had to be driven from its shelter out upon the wide waste of water. To see if the waters were abated - literally, lightened, i.e. decreased (per. 11) - from off the face of the ground; but the dove found no rest for the solo of her foot. The earth being not yet dry, but wet and muddy, and doves delighting to settle only on such places as are dry and clean; or the mountain tops, though visible, being either too distant or too high, and doves delighting in valleys and level plains, whence they are called doves of the valleys (Ezekiel 7:16). And she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were upon (literally, waters upon; a much more graphic statement than appears in the A.V.) the face of the whole earth: then (literally, and) he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in (literally, caused her to come in) unto him into the ark.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Also he sent forth a dove from him,.... Seven days after he had sent out the raven, as in Genesis 8:10.

to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; for the dove is a creature that delights in cleanness, flies low, and goes far off, so that if it returned not again, he might conclude that the waters were gone off the earth; but being a sociable creature, and familiar to men, and especially loving to its mate, if they were not gone off, it would certainly return again. This some take to be an emblem of the Gospel, bringing the good tidings of peace, pardon, righteousness and salvation by Jesus Christ: rather it is an emblem of a sensible sinner, and true believer in Christ, being mournful, timorous, swift, modest, and affectionate; such persons, like doves of the valley, mourn for their iniquities; tremble at the sight of their sins, and the curses of the law, at the apprehension of divine wrath, at the awful judgment of God; and are fearful lest Christ should not receive them, to whom they swiftly fly for refuge, as doves to their windows; and who are modest, meek, and lowly, and affectionate to Christ, and one another. The Targum of Jonathan calls this an house dove, or tame one: hence, perhaps, came the practice of making use of doves as messengers to carry letters from place to place (o).

(o) Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 37.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8-11. Also he sent forth a dove—a bird flying low and naturally disposed to return to the place of her abode.

Genesis 8:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Noah Sends a Raven and a Dove
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; 9but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself.…
Cross References
Genesis 8:7
and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.

Genesis 8:9
But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.
Treasury of Scripture

Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

a dove.

Genesis 8:10-12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove …

Songs 1:15 Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair; you have doves' eyes.

Songs 2:11,12,14 For, see, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone…

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

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