Genesis 8:21

“And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD smelled a sweete sauour, and the LORD said in his heart, I will not againe curse the ground any more for mans sake; for the imagination of mans heart is euil from his youth: neither will I againe smite any more euery thing liuing, as I haue done.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah smelled the sweet savor; and Jehovah said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake, for that the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when the sweet smell came up to the Lord, he said in his heart, I will not again put a curse on the earth because of man, for the thoughts of man's heart are evil from his earliest days; never again will I send destruction on all living things as I have done.
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah smelled the sweet odour. And Jehovah said in his heart, I will no more henceforth curse the ground on account of Man, for the thought of Man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will no more smite every living thing, as I have done.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more every living animal as I have done.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh smelled the pleasant aroma. Yahweh said in his heart, "I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake, because the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I ever again strike everything living, as I have done.
- World English Bible

and Jehovah smelleth the sweet fragrance, and Jehovah saith unto His heart, `I continue not to disesteem any more the ground because of man, though the imagination of the heart of man [is] evil from his youth; and I continue not to smite any more all living, as I have done;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD smelled the sweet savour; and the LORD said in His heart: 'I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 8:21


8:21 And God smelled a sweet savour - Or a savour of rest from it, as it is in the Hebrew. He was well pleased with Noah's pious zeal, and these hopeful beginnings of the new world, as men are with fragrant and agreeable smells. I will not again curse the ground, Heb. I will not add to curse the ground any more - God had cursed the ground upon the first entrance of sin, #Ge 3:17|, when he drowned it he added to that curse: but now he determines not to add to it any more. Neither will I again smite any more every living thing - That is, it was determined that whatever ruin God might bring upon particular persons, families or countries, he would never again destroy the whole world, 'till the day when time shall be no more. But the reason of this resolve is surprising; for it seems the same with the reason given for the destruction of the world, #Ge 6:5|. Because the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. But there is this difference: there it is said, the imagination of man's heart is evil continually, that is, his actual transgressions continually cry against him; here it is said, that it is evil from his youth or childhood; he brought it into the world with him, he was shapen and conceived in it. Now one would think it should follow, therefore that guilty race shall be wholly extinguished: No; therefore I will no more take this severe method; for he is rather to be pitied: and it is but what might be expected from such a degenerate race. So that if he be dealt with according to his deserts, one flood must succeed another 'till all be destroyed. God also promises, that the course of nature should never be discontinued. While the earth remaineth, and man upon it, there shall be summer and winter, not all winter, as had been this last year; day and night, not all night, as probably it was while the rain was descending. Here it is plainly intimated that this earth is not to remain always; it and all the works therein must shortly be burnt up. But as long as it doth remain, God's providence will carefully preserve the regular succession of times and seasons. To this we owe it, that the world stands, and the wheel of nature keeps its tack. See here how changeable the times are, and yet how unchangeable! 1. The course of nature always changing. As it is with the times, so it is with the events of time, they are subject to vicissitudes, day and night, summer and winter counterchanged. In heaven and hell it is not so; but on earth God hath set the one over against the other. 2. Yet never changed; it is constant in this inconstancy; these seasons have never ceased, nor shall cease while the sun continues such a steady measurer of time, and the moon such a faithful witness in heaven. This is God's covenant of the day and of the night, the stability of which is mentioned for the confirming our faith in the covenant of grace, which is no less inviolable, #Jer 33:20|. We see God's promises to the creatures made good, and thence may infer that his promises to believers shall be so.


Discussion for Genesis 8

  • Wayne
    Arnor b, read gen. chapters 2 and 3 for the answers of cursed ground and living off the land by hard work. Noah was told by the Lord to take into the ark all food for everyone including animals.
  • Donn
    what does the 601 years signify?
  • Reuben sabo for verse 4
    Seventh stands for rest. Well three things stands out in this whole story. 1. In verse one the bible says GOD Remembered noah. Which means this month is the month of remembrance for you 2. Noah was saved with eight soul. Noah his wife, his three children and their spouses which makes the number EIGHT and eight 8 is the number of NEW BEGINING, which makes this month a month of new beginig for you. GOD is Opening a new chapter in your life, a chapter of GLORIOUS TESTIMONIES 3 the third thing ofcourse is REST. The name noah means COMFORT or REST. It is no wonder the ark rested on the seventh month it wasnt an accident, 7 stands for REST. GOD is giving you REST and comfort on everyside, in every area of your life that you are hurting right now GOD is giving rest and restoration. Be richly blessed Jesus is LORD by REUBEN SABO
  • Amour B
    Verse 22 means that there was a time when there was no seedtime and harvest, no seasons, its either cold or hot, and it 's either night or day in certain places- this was all because the ground was cursed verse 21 after the fall of Adam. Now, how could this happen in Earth? How could it be possible that there was no seasons, no day AND night, no season to plant harvest? I think its only possible, scientifically speaking, if the Earth was not tilted. Read articles and studies about if the Earth was not tilted and you 'll see that it gives a perfect description of how verse 22 can be possible. Now, on verse 8:1-2, it says that God made a wind pass the Earth then the water subsided. Now we must understand that there must be a way how God was able to do that for real. I can only come up with this explanation: how do we usually pour out water into a cup? By tilting the container. I believe that 's when God tilted the Earth. Now that the Earth was tilted, we experience day and night in one day, different seasons, and different weather. Praise God for His mercies to lift the curse He put on the ground. Otherwise, we would be living in terrible conditions all the day of our lives.
  • Tim sarumi for verse 7
    I perceive that God did that to replicate what happened in the garden of Eden ...the Raven would be Cain and the dove Abel just like before,the first been untrustworthy and the second been for God,Good and Evil let free on the earth
  • Blessed
    GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES

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