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Genesis 8:8-11

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8:8 Then Noah 1  sent out a dove 2  to see if the waters had receded 3  from the surface of the ground. 8:9 The dove could not find a resting place for its feet because water still covered 4  the surface of the entire earth, and so it returned to Noah 5  in the ark. He stretched out his hand, took the dove, 6  and brought it back into the ark. 7  8:10 He waited seven more days and then sent out the dove again from the ark. 8:11 When 8  the dove returned to him in the evening, there was 9  a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak! Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.

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

2 tn The Hebrew text adds “from him.” This has not been translated for stylistic reasons, because it is redundant in English.

3 tn The Hebrew verb קָלָל (qalal) normally means “to be light, to be slight”; it refers here to the waters receding.

4 tn The words “still covered” is supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.

5 tn Heb “him”; the referent (Noah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

6 tn Heb “it”; the referent (the dove) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

7 tn Heb “and he brought it to himself to the ark.”

8 tn The clause introduced by vav (ו) consecutive is translated as a temporal clause subordinated to the following clause.

9 tn The deictic particle הִנֵּה (hinneh) draws attention to the olive leaf. It invites readers to enter into the story, as it were, and look at the olive leaf with their own eyes.



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