How Long Does It Take The Earth To Dry Off After A World Wide Flood?

When was the earth dry?

Noah's FloodHUMANIST QUESTION: Genesis 8:13 describes the earth as being dry on the first day of the first month. But Genesis 8:14 informs us the earth was not dry until the twenty-seventh day of the second month.

Here are the verses:

Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.- Genesis 8:13-14

A fact the humanists continually ignore is that the Bible was not written in English The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, with a few sections in Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek.

Greek follows a logic similar to our own and lends itself to a word-for-word translation much better than Hebrew does. But, in the above verses we are dealing with Hebrew.

First... if you are not carrying a bias against the Bible (that bias being that the Bible is full of contradictions), you probably would not see a problem with this English translation. Notice the first sentence says the water is dried up. So the standing water is gone... but, the earth is not yet dry.

Those of us who live in Oregon, where it rains A LOT, understand what is being said. While there may not be water running through the streets, and the streets may even be dry... there still is mud and muck... a lot of it.

So what these verses are saying is that the water was gone by the first day of the first month, but the ground was still muddy. It took until the 27th day of the second month for the ground (earth) to be dry and firm.

Another Way To Get The Answer - Understanding Hebrew

If we look at this from a technical view, looking at the words in Hebrew, two different Hebrew words are used.

In verse 13 the word "charab" is translated as "dried up." A more detailed translation would be "the face of the ground was dry." So the standing water is gone. In verse 14 the word "yabesh" is used. This word literally means "to be desolate" and in this context it means to be without moisture. So in verse 14 the ground is being described as completely dry and firm.

I assume you do not speak Hebrew. So how can you know there are two different Hebrew words used here, that have different meanings? The answer is on the internet. I did a search for "Bible Contradiction Genesis 8:13" and found the following web site: It is okay to get help, but be sure the web site you use is one that is Biblically solid.

Another option is to look at a different Bible translation. We're using the NASB here, which is a word-for-word translation. But, since it is difficult to translate Hebrew word-for-word, often a paraphrase translation will provide a better understanding. For example the Christian Standard Version (CSV - another very good translation) translates these verses this way:

In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the water that had covered the earth was dried up. Then Noah removed the ark’s cover and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was dry. - Genesis 8:13-14

That makes it a little clearer. Here is what the NIV says:

By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

So we can get a better understanding of these verses by looking at other good translations. Be careful, there are many poor and deceptive translations. Good translation include (going in order from literal, to semi-literal, to paraphrase): KJV, NKJV, NASB, ESV, CSV, NIV, NLT)

There is no contradiction here.

Next question...

The Old Testament contains an interesting contradiction in the story of the census taken by King David and the resulting punishment of the Israelites. God was so angered by the census that he sent a plague that killed 70,000 men. According to II Samuel 24:1, the Lord had caused David to take the census – which makes the punishment appear even more nonsensical. But an attempt was later made, at I Chronicles 21:1, to improve God’s image by claiming that Satan incited the census.

Let's find out what's really happening.


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