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“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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Genesis 8:5 Translation & Meaning

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And the waters וְהַמַּ֗יִם Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen waters
decreased וְחָס֔וֹר To lack; by implication, to fail, want, lessen decreased
continually הָל֣וֹךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) continually
until עַ֖ד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) until
the tenth הָֽעֲשִׂירִ֑י Tenth; by abbreviation, tenth month or (feminine) part tenth
month: הַחֹ֣דֶשׁ The new moon; by implication, a month month
in the tenth בָּֽעֲשִׂירִי֙ Tenth; by abbreviation, tenth month or (feminine) part tenth
month, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
on the first בְּאֶחָ֣ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first first
day (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of the month, לַחֹ֔דֶשׁ The new moon; by implication, a month month
were the tops רָאשֵׁ֥י The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) tops
of the mountains הֶֽהָרִֽים׃ A mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) mountains
seen. נִרְא֖וּ To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) seen

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  • 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.

  • 6  And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

  • 7  And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.


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