In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Noah was 600 years old when the Flood began. We are told the Flood began on the 17th day of the second month.
It is interesting to note that the water was not just a flood in the traditional sense of torrential rains. The water that covered the earth was partly from “the fountains of the great deep.” Apparently, springs and aquifers under the earth’s surface were released and allowed to flood the surface of the earth. This happened in conjunction with opening of “the windows of heaven”—torrential rain. The next verse tells us that the heavy rain lasted for 40 full days and nights.
To learn more about the book of Genesis, read our article introducing Genesis.
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “The Waters Cover the Earth.”