Genesis 8:2
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English Standard Version
The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,

King James Bible
The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

American Standard Version
the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The fountains also of the deep, and the flood gates of heaven were shut up, and the rain from heaven was restrained.

English Revised Version
the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

Webster's Bible Translation
The fountains also of the deep, and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

With the words, "then God remembered Noah and all the animals...in the ark," the narrative turns to the description of the gradual decrease of the water until the ground was perfectly dry. The fall of the water is described in the same pictorial style as its rapid rise. God's "remembering" was a manifestation of Himself, an effective restraint of the force of the raging element. He caused a wind to blow over the earth, so that the waters sank, and shut up the fountains of the deep, and the sluices of heaven, so that the rain from heaven was restrained. "Then the waters turned (ישׁבוּ i.e., flowed off) from the earth, flowing continuously (the inf. absol. ושׁוב הלוך expresses continuation), and decreased at the end of 150 days." The decrease first became perceptible when the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat on the 17th day of the seventh month; i.e.,, reckoning 30 days to a month, exactly 150 days after the flood commenced. From that time forth it continued without intermission, so that on the first day of the tenth month, probably 73 days after the resting of the ark, the tops of the mountains were seen, viz., the tops of the Armenian highlands, by which the ark was surrounded. Ararat was the name of a province (2 Kings 19:37), which is mentioned along with Minni (Armenia) as a kingdom in Jeremiah 51:27, probably the central province of the country of Armenia, which Moses v. Chorene calls Arairad, Araratia. The mountains of Ararat are, no doubt, the group of mountains which rise from the plain of the Araxes in two lofty peaks, the greater and lesser Ararat, the former 16,254 feet above the level of the sea, the latter about 12,000. This landing-place of the ark is extremely interesting in connection with the development of the human race as renewed after the flood. Armenia, the source of the rivers of paradise, has been called "a cool, airy, well-watered mountain-island in the midst of the old continent;" but Mount Ararat especially is situated almost in the middle, not only of the great desert route of Africa and Asia, but also of the range of inland waters from Gibraltar to the Baikal Sea-in the centre, too, of the longest line that can be drawn through the settlements of the Caucasian race and the Indo-Germanic tribes; and, as the central point of the longest land-line of the ancient world, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Behring Straits, it was the most suitable spot in the world, for the tribes and nations that sprang from the sons of Noah to descend from its heights and spread into every land (vid., K. v. Raumer, Palst. pp. 456ff.).

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fountains.

Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month...

Proverbs 8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

Jonah 2:3 For you had cast me into the deep, in the middle of the seas; and the floods compassed me about...

the rain.

Job 37:11-13 Also by watering he wearies the thick cloud: he scatters his bright cloud...

Job 38:37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

Matthew 8:9,26,27 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come...

Cross References
Genesis 7:4
For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground."

Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.

Genesis 7:12
And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Job 38:16
"Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?

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