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Genesis 7



1Noah, with his family, and the living creatures, enter the ark, and the flood begins.
17The increase and continuance of the flood for forty days.
21All flesh is destroyed by it.
24Its duration.

Verse 1
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
A. M. 1656. B.C. 2348. Come
7,13; Job 5:19-24; Psalms 91:1-10; Proverbs 14:26; 18:10; Isaiah 26:20,21; Ezekiel 9:4-6; Zephaniah 2:3; Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26; Acts 2:39; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5
6:9; Psalms 33:18,19; Proverbs 10:6,7,9; 11:4-8; Isaiah 3:10,11; Philippians 2:15,16; 2 Peter 2:5-9

Verse 2
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
every clean
8; 6:19-21; 8:20; Leviticus 11:1-47; Deuteronomy 14:1-21; Acts 10:11-15
Heb. seven, seven. not.
Leviticus 10:10; Ezekiel 44:23

Verse 4
For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
10; 2:5; 6:3; 8:10,12; 29:27,28; Job 28:25; 36:27-32; 37:11,12; Amos 4:7
forty days
and every
21-23; 6:17
Heb. blot out.
21,23; 6:7,13,17; Exodus 32:32,33; Job 22:16; Psalms 69:28; Revelation 3:5

Verse 5
And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
all that
6:22; Exodus 39:32,42,43; 40:16; Psalms 119:6; Matthew 3:15; Luke 8:21; John 2:5; John 8:28,29; 13:17; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 5:8

Verse 6
And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
5:32; 8:13

Verse 7
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
1,13-15; 6:18; Proverbs 22:3; Matthew 24:38; Luke 17:27; Hebrews 6:18; 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5

Verse 9
There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
16; 2:19; Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25; Jeremiah 8:7; Acts 10:11,12; Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11

Verse 10
And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
after seven days
or, on the seventh day.
4,17-20; 6:17; Job 22:16; Matthew 24:38,39; Luke 17:27

Verse 11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
second month
The first month was Tisri, which answers to the latter end of September and first half of October; the second was Marchesvan, which answers to part of October and part of November.
1:7; 6:17; 8:2; Job 28:4; 38:8-11; Psalms 33:7; 74:15; Proverbs 8:28,29; Isaiah 24:19; Jeremiah 5:22; 51:16; Ezekiel 26:19; Amos 9:5,6; Matthew 24:38; 1 Thessalonians 5:3
or, flood-gates.
1:7; 8:2; 2 Kings 7:2,19; Psalms 78:23,24; Malachi 3:10

Verse 12
And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
4,17; Exodus 24:18; Deuteronomy 9:9,18; 10:10; 1 Kings 19:8; Matthew 4:2

Verse 13
In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
1,7-9; 6:18; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5
and Shem
5:32; 6:10; 9:18,19; 10:1,2,6,21; 1 Chronicles 1:4-28

Verse 14
They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
Heb. wing.

Verse 15
And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
6:20; Isaiah 11:6

Verse 16
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
2 Kings 4:4,5; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 46:2; 91:1-10; Proverbs 3:23; Matthew 25:10; Luke 13:25; John 10:27-30; 1 Peter 1:5

Verse 17
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

Verse 18
And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
waters prevailed
Exodus 14:28; Job 22:16; Psalms 69:15
Psalms 104:26

Verse 19
And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
and all the high hills
At the present day every mountain where search has been made, conspire in one uniform, universal proof that they all had the sea spread over their highest summits; shells, skeletons of fish, etc., having been found there.
Job 12:15; Psalms 46:2,3; 104:6-9; Jeremiah 3:23; 2 Peter 3:6

Verse 20
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
and the mountains
Psalms 104:6; Jeremiah 3:23

Verse 21
And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
4; 6:6,7,13,17; Job 22:15-17; Isaiah 24:6,19; Jeremiah 4:22-27; 12:3,4; Hosea 4:3; Joel 1:17-20; 2:3; Zephaniah 1:3; Matthew 24:39; Luke 17:27; Romans 8:20,22; 2 Peter 2:5

Verse 22
All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
breath of life
Heb. breath of the spirit of life.
2:7; 6:17

Verse 23
And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
every living substance
The most incontestable evidence has been afforded of the universality of this fact: the moose deer, a native of America, has been found buried in Ireland; elephants, native of Asia and Africa, in the midst of England; crocodiles, natives of the Nile, in the heart of Germany; and shell fish, never known in any but the American seas, with the entire skeletons of whales, in the most inland counties of England.
21,22; Job 22:15-17; Isaiah 24:1-8; Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26,27; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5
and Noah
Exodus 14:28-30; Job 5:19; Psalms 91:1,9,10; Proverbs 11:4; Ezekiel 14:14-20; Malachi 3:17,18; Matthew 25:46; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5,9; 3:6

Verse 24
And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
compare with ver
11 of this chapter. The breaking up of the fountains of the great deep, and the raining forty days and nights, had raised the waters fifteen cubits, or twenty-two feet and a half, above the highest mountain; after which forty days, it appears to have continued at this height one hundred and fifty days more.


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Genesis 7:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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