Genesis 7:4

“For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For yet seuen dayes, and I will cause it to raine vpon the earth, fortie dayes, and forty nights: and euery liuing substance that I haue made, will I destroy, frō off the face of the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the ground.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For after seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, for the destruction of every living thing which I have made on the face of the earth.
- Basic English Bible

For in yet seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living being which I have made will I destroy from the ground.
- Darby Bible

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights: and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from the face of the earth.
- Webster's Bible

In seven days, I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights. Every living thing that I have made, I will destroy from the surface of the ground."
- World English Bible

for after other seven days I am sending rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and have wiped away all the substance that I have made from off the face of the ground.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I blot out from off the face of the earth.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 7:4


7:4 Yet seven days and I will cause it to rain - It shall be seven days yet before I do it, After the 120 years were expired, God grants them a reprieve of seven days longer, both to shew how slow he is to anger, and to give them some farther space for repentance. But all in vain; these seven days were trifled away after all the rest, they continued secure until the day that the flood came. While Noah told them of the judgment at a distance, they were tempted to put off their repentance: but now he is ordered to tell them that it is at the door; that they have but one week more to turn them in, to see if that will now at last awaken them to consider the things that belong to their peace. But it is common for those that have been careless for their souls during the years of their health, when they have looked upon death at a distance, to be as careless during the days, the seven days of their sickness, when they see it approaching, their hearts being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.


Discussion for Genesis 7

  • A disciple
    Donna Cromb; You asked how I "came up with" 1656? Just add the number of years that Moses wrote. Adam 130 Seth 105 Enos 90 Cainan 70 Mahalaleel 65 Jared 162 Enoch 65 Methuselah 187 Lamech 182 Noah 500 = 1556 100 years building the Ark (the 600th year of Noah's life) = 1656 After the Creation was the Cataclysm. Adam died 46 years before the birth of Noah. Enoch Preached 687-987.
  • A disciple
    Someone asked, How do you get 1656 years? By adding up the years till each son mentioned was born; e.g. "Adam lived 130 tears and begat Seth..Seth lived 105 years and begat Enos.." (etc.) That's the number you have to keep adding not the length of their lives. Afterwards you can add in the years of their lives to see who was still alive and for how long. Shem lived for 35 years after Abraham died.
  • Steve morrow
    GENESIS 6:12 AND GOD LOOKED UPON THE EARTH AND BEHOLD IT WAS CORRUPT FOR ALL FLESH HAD CORRUPTED HIS WAY UPON THE EARTH --6:13--AND GOD SAID UNTO NOAH THE END OF ALL FLESH IS COME BEFORE ME FOR THE EARTH IS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE THROUGH THEM AND BEHOLD I WILL DESTROY THEM WITH THE EARTH
  • A disciple
    BSP "He gave the people surrounding Noah plenty of time to get onto the ark.." Oh how well we can identify with that; we have simply to add the years that ARE WRITTEN, to see just how long God gave them. It was 1656 after the Creation, that Noah and his family entered into the Ark. All those years and generations of having the Word of Christ coming, only in the end to abandon the Spirit of God!
  • BSP
    Verse 16: God shut the door at a certain time. He gave the people surrounding Noah plenty of time to get onto the ark, but because they failed to do so they lost their lives.
  • A disciple
    Hi Cheryl; No, not a Publisher's addition! the clean beasts were to go by sevens into the ark. So, were the "two by two's" two pairs? that would make sense for the "seven's" and for the repopulating of the earth as well. With three stories, and as large a a Battleship, its amazing to think about the greatness of what Noah did! And in the 100 years it took to build the ark, still no one repented!

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