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The Building of the Ark; the Flood (v. 21-32; cf. Gen. vi. 13-viii. 19).

21. And He commanded Noah to make him an ark, that he might save himself from the waters of the flood. 2 22. And Noah made the ark in all respects as He commanded him, in the twenty-seventh jubilee
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of years, in the fifth week in the fifth year (on the new moon of the first month). 23. And he entered in the sixth (year) thereof, in the second month, on
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the new moon of the second month, till the sixteenth; and he entered, and all that we brought to him, into the ark, and the Lord closed 3 it from without on the seventeenth 4 evening.

24. And the Lord opened seven flood-gates 5 of heaven,
And the mouths of the fountains of the great deep, seven mouths in number.

25. And the flood-gates began to pour down water from the heaven forty days and forty nights,
And the fountains of the deep also sent up waters, until the whole world was full of water.

26. And the waters increased upon the earth
Fifteen cubits did the waters rise above all the high mountains, p. 60
And the ark was lift up above the earth,
And it moved upon the face of the waters. 1

27. And the water prevailed on the face of the earth five months-one hundred and fifty days. 2 28. And the ark went and rested on the top of Lûbâr, one of the mountains of Ararat. 3 29. And (on the new moon) in the fourth month the fountains of the great deep were closed and the flood-gates of heaven were restrained; and on the new moon of the seventh month all the mouths of the abysses of the earth were opened, and the water began to descend into the deep
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below. 4 30. And on the new moon of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were seen, and on the new moon of the first month the earth became visible. 5 31. And the waters disappeared from above the earth in the fifth week in the seventh year thereof, and on the seventeenth 6 day in the second month the earth was dry. 32. And on the twenty-seventh thereof he opened the ark, and sent forth from it beasts, and cattle, and birds, and every moving thing. 7


59:2 Cf. Gen. vi. 14.

59:3 Cf. Gen. vii. 16.

59:4 Cf. Gen. vii. 11.

59:5 Cf. 1 Enoch lxxxix. 2. Note the recurrence of the number seven in these connexions.

60:1 For 24-26 cf. Gen. vii. 11, 12, 18, 20.

60:2 Cf. Gen. vii. 24, viii. 3.

60:3 Cf. Gen. viii. 4. Lubar is mentioned again in vii. 1, 17.

60:4 Cf. Gen. viii. 2; 1 Enoch lxxxix. 7.

60:5 Cf. Gen. viii. 5, 13.

60:6 According to Gen. viii. 14 it was the 27th day of the month.

60:7 Cf. Gen. viii. 19.

Next: Noah's Sacrifice; God's Covenant with him. Instructions to Moses about eating of Blood, the Feast of Weeks, etc., and Division of the Year (vi. 1-38).