Genesis 8:7
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English Standard Version
and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Forty days after the appearance of the mountain tops, Noah opened the window of the ark and let a raven fly out (lit., the raven, i.e., the particular raven known from that circumstance), for the purpose of ascertaining the drying up of the waters. The raven went out and returned until the earth was dry, but without being taken back into the ark, as the mountain tops and the carcases floating upon the water afforded both resting-places and food. After that, Noah let a dove fly out three times, at intervals of seven days. It is not distinctly stated that he sent it out the first time seven days after the raven, but this is implied in the statement that he stayed yet other seven days before sending it out the second time, and the same again before sending it the third time (Genesis 8:10 and Genesis 8:12). The dove, when first sent out, "found no rest for the sole of its foot;" for a dove will only settle upon such places and objects as are dry and clean. It returned to the ark and let Noah take it in again (Genesis 8:8, Genesis 8:9). The second time it returned in the evening, having remained out longer than before, and brought a fresh (טרף freshly plucked) olive-leaf in its mouth. Noah perceived from this that the water must be almost gone, had "abated from off the earth," though the ground might not be perfectly dry, as the olive-tree will put out leaves even under water. The fresh olive-leaf was the first sign of the resurrection of the earth to new life after the flood, and the dove with the olive-leaf a herald of salvation. The third time it did not return; a sign that the waters had completely receded from the earth. The fact that Noah waited 40 days before sending the raven, and after that always left an interval of seven days, is not to be accounted for on the supposition that these numbers were already regarded as significant. The 40 days correspond to the 40 days during which the rain fell and the waters rose; and Noah might assume that they would require the same time to recede as to rise. The seven days constituted the week established at the creation, and God had already conformed to it in arranging their entrance into the ark (Genesis 7:4, Genesis 7:10). The selection which Noah made of the birds may also be explained quite simply from the difference in their nature, with which Noah must have been acquainted; that is to say, from the fact that the raven in seeking its food settles upon every carcase that it sees, whereas the dove will only settle upon what is dry and clean.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 the ravens to feed you there...

Job 38:41 Who provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry to God, they wander for lack of meat.

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.

Cross References
Genesis 8:6
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made

Genesis 8:8
Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.

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