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Genesis 8:7

    Genesis 8:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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 (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Noah sent out a raven, which went this way and that till the waters were gone from the earth.

    Webster's Revision

    and he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 8:7

    He sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro - It is generally supposed that the raven flew off, and was seen no more, but this meaning the Hebrew text will not bear; ויצא יצוא ושוב vaiyetse yatso vashob, and it went forth, going forth and returning. From which it is evident that she did return, but was not taken into the ark. She made frequent excursions, and continued on the wing as long as she could, having picked up such aliment as she found floating on the waters; and then, to rest herself, regained the ark, where she might perch, though she was not admitted. Indeed this must be allowed, as it is impossible she could have continued twenty one days upon the wing, which she must have done had she not returned. But the text itself is sufficiently determinate.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 8:7

    8:7 Noah sent forth a raven through the window of the ark, which went forth, as the Hebrew phrase is, going forth and returning, that is, flying about, but returning to the ark for rest; probably not in it, but upon it. This gave Noah little satisfaction: therefore,