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Genesis 8:8

    Genesis 8:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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 (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he sent out a dove, to see if the waters had gone from the face of the earth;

    Webster's Revision

    And 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,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 8:8

    He sent forth a dove - The dove was sent forth thrice; the first time she speedily returned, having, in all probability, gone but a little way from the ark, as she must naturally be terrified at the appearance of the waters. After seven days, being sent out a second time, she returned with an olive leaf pluckt off, Genesis 8:11, an emblem of the restoration of peace between God and the earth; and from this circumstance the olive has been the emblem of peace among all civilized nations. At the end of the other seven days the dove being sent out the third time, returned no more, from which Noah conjectured that the earth was now sufficiently drained, and therefore removed the covering of the ark, which probably gave liberty to many of the fowls to fly off, which circumstance would afford him the greater facility in making arrangements for disembarking the beasts and reptiles, and heavy-bodied domestic fowls, which might yet remain. See Genesis 8:17.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 8:8

    8:8 He sent forth a dove - Which returned the first time with no good news, but probably wet and dirty; but the second time she brought an olive leaf in her bill, which appeared to be fresh plucked off; a plain indication that now the trees began to appear above water. Note here, that Noah set forth the dove the second time, seven days after the first time, and the third time was after seven days too: and probably the first sending of her out was seven days after the sending forth of the raven. The olive branch is an emblem of peace.