GENESIS 8:9

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.”

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Genesis 8:9 Translation & Meaning

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But the dove הַיּוֹנָ֨ה A dove (apparently from the warmth of their mating) dove
found מָצְאָה֩ Properly, to come forth to, i.e., appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e., find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present found
no וְלֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles no
rest מָנ֜וֹחַ Quiet, i.e., (concretely) a settled spot, or (figuratively) a home rest
for the sole לְכַף The hollow hand or palm (so of the paw of an animal, of the sole, and even of the bowl of a dish or sling, the handle of a bolt, the leaves of a palm-tree); figuratively, power sole
of her foot, רַגְלָ֗הּ A foot (as used in walking); by implication, a step; by euphemistically the pudenda foot
and she returned וַתָּ֤שָׁב 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
unto אֵלָיו֙ Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
him into אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to him into
the ark, הַתֵּבָ֔ה A box ark
for כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
the waters מַ֖יִם Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen waters
were (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
on עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications on
the face פְּנֵ֣י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) face
of the whole כָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) whole
earth: הָאָ֑רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
then he put forth וַיִּשְׁלַ֤ח To send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications) then put forth
his hand, יָדוֹ֙ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
and took her, וַיִּקָּחֶ֔הָ To take (in the widest variety of applications) took
and pulled her in וַיָּבֵ֥א To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) pulled
unto him אֵלָ֖יו Near, with or among; often in general, to unto him
into אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to into
the ark. הַתֵּבָֽה׃ A box ark

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

  • 8  Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

  • 9  But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

  • 10  And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

  • 11  And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.




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