Genesis 7:12

12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

Genesis 7:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
ESV
12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
NLT
12 The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights.
MSG
12 Rain poured for forty days and forty nights.
CSB
12 and the rain fell on the earth 40 days and 40 nights.

Genesis 7:12 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 7:12

And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights,
&c.] So long it was falling upon it, after the windows of heaven were opened. Aben Ezra would have it, that all things were in such confusion, during the flood, that there was no difference between day and night, since, it is said, "day and night shall not cease any more"; and that after the waters ceased, then Noah knew that forty days and nights had passed, for God had revealed this secret to him; but the text seems more to make against him than for him.

Genesis 7:12 In-Context

10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.
12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.
14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S ver 4; S 1 Samuel 12:17; S Job 28:26