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Genesis 7:23-24

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7:23 So the Lord 1  destroyed 2  every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, including people, animals, creatures that creep along the ground, and birds of the sky. 3  They were wiped off the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark survived. 4  7:24 The waters prevailed over 5  the earth for 150 days.

Genesis 11:7-8

Context
11:7 Come, let’s go down and confuse 6  their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.” 7 

11:8 So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building 8  the city.

1 tn Heb “and he”; the referent (the Lord) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Heb “wiped away” (cf. NRSV “blotted out”).

3 tn Heb “from man to animal to creeping thing and to the bird of the sky.”

4 tn The Hebrew verb שָׁאָר (shaar) means “to be left over; to survive” in the Niphal verb stem. It is the word used in later biblical texts for the remnant that escapes judgment. See G. F. Hasel, “Semantic Values of Derivatives of the Hebrew Root r,” AUSS 11 (1973): 152-69.

5 sn The Hebrew verb translated “prevailed over” suggests that the waters were stronger than the earth. The earth and everything in it were no match for the return of the chaotic deep.

6 tn The cohortatives mirror the cohortatives of the people. They build to ascend the heavens; God comes down to destroy their language. God speaks here to his angelic assembly. See the notes on the word “make” in 1:26 and “know” in 3:5, as well as Jub. 10:22-23, where an angel recounts this incident and says “And the Lord our God said to us…. And the Lord went down and we went down with him. And we saw the city and the tower which the sons of men built.” On the chiastic structure of the story, see G. J. Wenham, Genesis (WBC), 1:235.

7 tn Heb “they will not hear, a man the lip of his neighbor.”

8 tn The infinitive construct לִבְנֹת (livnot, “building”) here serves as the object of the verb “they ceased, stopped,” answering the question of what they stopped doing.



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