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People's Dictionary of the Bible
Flood. One of the most remarkable events in the history of our world. The biblical narrative is given in Genesis 6:1-22; Genesis 7:1-24; Genesis 8:1-22. The scripture account of It says, "And I, behold, I do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; every thing that is in the earth shall die." Genesis 6:17; comp. Genesis 7:4; Genesis 7:21; Genesis 7:23. "And all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail: and the mountains were covered.... And every living thing was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and creeping things, and fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth; and Noah only was left, and they that were with him in the ark." Genesis 7:19-23, R. V. There is no fact in history better attested, independent of the word of God, than the flood; and none more universally acknowledged by all nations, accounts of it being in their legends. Many evidences of some such great catastrophe exist at the present day. The highest mountains in every part of the earth furnish proofs that the sea has spread over them, shells, skeletons of fish and sea monsters being found on them. The universality of a flood is shown by the fact that the remains of animals are found buried far from their native regions. Elephants and skeletons of whales have been found buried in England; mammoths near the north pole; crocodiles in Germany, etc. It is well to bear in mind that God has said, "I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth." Genesis 9:11; Genesis 9:15. And also has said, "The world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment,... in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:5-10. There is an abundance of material stored up in the earth and in the atmosphere to produce such a combustion at any moment.
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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Flood'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/f/flood.html. 1893.