Genesis 8:7
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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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Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a raven.

Leviticus 11:15 Every raven after his kind;

1 Kings 17:4,6 And it shall be, that you shall drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there...

Job 38:41 Who provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry to God, they wander for lack of meat.

Psalm 147:9 He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

went forth to and fro. Heb. in going forth and returning.

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 8:6
After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark

Genesis 8:8
Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.

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