Genesis 8:2
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New International Version
Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.

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

Darby Bible Translation
And the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were closed, and the pour of rain from heaven was stopped.

World English Bible
The deep's fountains and the sky's windows were also stopped, and the rain from the sky was restrained.

Young's Literal Translation
and closed are the fountains of the deep and the net-work of the heavens, and restrained is the shower from the heavens.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And God made a wind to pass over the earth - Such a wind as produced a strong and sudden evaporation. The effects of these winds, which are frequent in the east, are truly astonishing. A friend of mine, who had been bathing in the Tigris, not far from the ancient city of Ctesiphon, and within five days' journey of Bagdad, having on a pair of Turkish drawers, one of these hot winds, called by the natives samiel, passing rapidly across the river just as he had got out of the water, so effectually dried him in a moment, that not one particle of moisture was left either on his body or in his bathing dress! With such an electrified wind as this, how soon could God dry the whole of the earth's surface! An operation something similar to the conversion of water into its two constituent airs, oxygen and hydrogen, by means of the galvanic fluid, as these airs themselves may be reconverted into water by means of the electric spark. See the note Genesis 7:11. And probably this was the agent that restored to the atmosphere the quantity of water which it had contributed to this vast inundation. The other portion of waters, which had proceeded from the breaking up of the fountains of the great deep, would of course subside more slowly, as openings were made for them to run off from the higher lands, and form seas. By the first cause, the hot wind, the waters were assuaged, and the atmosphere having its due proportion of vapours restored, the quantity below must be greatly lessened. By the second, the earth was gradually dried, the waters, as they found passage, lessening by degrees till the seas and gulfs were formed, and the earth completely drained. This appears to be what is intended in the third and fifth verses by the waters decreasing continually, or, according to the margin, they were in going and decreasing, Genesis 8:5.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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...

December 27. "He Sent Forth the Dove which Returned not Again unto Him" (Gen. viii. 12).
"He sent forth the dove which returned not again unto him" (Gen. viii. 12). First, we have the dove going forth from the ark, and finding no rest upon the wild and drifting waste of sin and judgment. This represents the Old Testament period, perhaps, when the Holy Ghost visited this sinful world, but could find no resting-place, and went back to the bosom of God. Next, we have the dove going forth and returning with the olive leaf in her mouth, the symbol and the pledge of peace and reconciliation,
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Best of the Best
"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys."--Song of Solomon 2:1. THE time of flowers has come, and as they are in some faint degree emblems of our Lord, it is well, when God thus calls, that we should seek to learn what he desires to teach us by them. If nature now spreads out her roses and her lilies, or prepares to do so, let us try, not only to see them, but to see Christ as he is shadowed forth in them. "I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys." If these are the words
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 42: 1896

Cross References
Genesis 7:4
Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."

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

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

Job 38:16
"Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?

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