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“And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.”

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Genesis 8:3 Translation & Meaning

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And the waters הַמַּ֛יִם Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen waters
returned וַיָּשֻׁ֧בוּ To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again returned
from off מֵעַ֥ל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications off
the earth הָאָ֖רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
continually: הָל֣וֹךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) continually
and after the end מִקְצֵ֕ה An extremity end
of the hundred וּמְאַ֖ת A hundred; also as a multiplicative and a fraction hundred
and fifty חֲמִשִּׁ֥ים Fifty fifty
days יֽוֹם׃ A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) days
the waters הַמַּ֔יִם Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen waters
were abated. וַיַּחְסְר֣וּ To lack; by implication, to fail, want, lessen abated

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  • 1  And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

  • 2  The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

  • 3  And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

  • 4  And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

  • 5  And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.


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