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Genesis 8:4

    Genesis 8:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

    Webster's Revision

    And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

    World English Bible

    The ship rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on Ararat's mountains.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

    Definitions for Genesis 8:4

    Ark - Box; chest.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 8:4

    The mountains of Ararat - That Ararat was a mountain of Armenia is almost universally agreed. What is commonly thought to be the Ararat of the Scriptures, has been visited by many travelers, and on it there are several monasteries. For a long time the world has been amused with reports that the remains of the ark were still visible there; but Mr. Tournefort, a famous French naturalist, who was on the spot, assures us that nothing of the kind is there to be seen. As there is a great chain of mountains which are called by this name, it is impossible to determine on what part of them the ark rested; but the highest part, called by some the finger mountain, has been fixed on as the most likely place. These things we must leave, and they are certainly of very little consequence.

    From the circumstance of the resting of the ark on the 17th of the seventh month, Dr. Lightfoot draws this curious conclusion: That the ark drew exactly eleven cubits of water. On the first day of the month Ab the mountain tops were first seen, and then the waters had fallen fifteen cubits; for so high had they prevailed above the tops of the mountains. This decrease in the waters took up sixty days, namely, from the first of Sivan; so that they appear to have abated in the proportion of one cubit in four days. On the 16th of Sivan they had abated but four cubits; and yet on the next day the ark rested on one of the hills, when the waters must have been as yet eleven cubits above it. Thus it appears that the ark drew eleven cubits of water.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 8:4

    The ark rested. - It is stranded on some hill in Ararat. This country forms part of Armenia. As the drying wind most probably came from the east or north, it is likely that the ark was drifted toward Asia Minor, and caught land on some hill in the reaches of the Euphrates. It cannot be supposed that it rested on either of the peaks now called Ararat, as Ararat was a country, not a mountain, and these peaks do not seem suitable for the purpose. The seventh month began usually with the new moon nearest the vernal equinox, or the 21st of March. "The tenth month." The waters ceased to prevail on the first of the ninth month. The ark, though grounded six weeks before, was still deep in the waters. The tops of the hills began to appear a month after. The subsiding of the waters seems to have been very slow.