New International Version
and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.
King James Bible
And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
And he sent out the raven, which went forth going to and fro, until the waters were dried from 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.
Young's Literal Translation
and he sendeth forth the raven, and it goeth out, going out and turning back till the drying of the waters from off the earth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
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went forth to and fro. Heb. in going forth and returning.
LibraryDecember 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
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After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark
Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.
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