New International Version
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.
New Living Translation
When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky.
English Standard Version
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.
New American Standard Bible
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.
King James Bible
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
I believe I just read about Genesis 7:11 today on the BBC…
Dr Sally Gibson from the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the work, commented: “Finding water in such large concentrations is a hugely significant development in our understanding of the ultimate origin of water now present at Earth’s surface.”
I got to thinking that perhaps the significance of this wasn’t as clear as I imagined. One thing I added on my FB wall concerning this article from BBC was the following quote from that article:
Prof Joseph Smyth of the University of Colorado has spent many years studying ringwoodite and similar minerals synthesised in his laboratory.
He said: “I think it’s stunning! It implies that the interior may store several times the amount of water in the oceans. It tells us that hydrogen is an essential ingredient in the Earth and not added late from comets.
Thus, the connection between this new discovery and Genesis 7:11. These “deep springs” deep within the mantle of the earth may contain several more times water than what is on the surface of the earth…incredible…and this seems to me to be a strong scientific support (if proven) for what is stated in Genesis 7:11 which mentions in just one line how the flood of Noah’s time occurred.
I could imagine that these springs of the great deep refers to these reservoirs of water (suggested to be several times the volume of the surface oceans), and that with the tremendous pressure that these waters are under at around 600Km under the surface, that it would have resulted in “the floodgates of the heavens were opened.” As these waters exploded from the depths of the earth, I can imagine them rising high into the atmosphere as if in a mega volcanic eruption of water. Perhaps emerging as superheated and super dense steam that burst through the surface of the earth, perhaps in places like the deep Mariana Trench, and of course which cooled rapidly, reverted to liquid and deluged the surface of the earth with enough water volume to cover the entire surface of the earth.
If these springs currently hold 3 times the surface volume of water, it would be no great thing to cover the earth with water from this source of the “great deep,” perhaps the current oceans were not even here at the time of Noah before the flood, and the current oceans are remnants of water that was “upcharged”/discharged from these great deep springs which would have held even more water at that time than they do now, having deposited so much water onto the surface of the earth at that time.
I don’t know…just thinking aloud, but there does appear to be a pretty strong link from this discovery to Genesis 7:11 imo. Could glaciers have formed rapidly somehow through this process?
Regardless, it is very interesting that Genesis, “penned” by Moses via the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, mentioned that the earth contained fountains of water of the great deep, and from the time of his writing that description until just the past couple months, thousands of years later, scientists have come to discover that what Moses wrote, in non-scientific terms, was not just part of a mythical story or legend with fanciful descriptions that science somehow disproves, but a true description of what science now verifies that it not only happened, but it was certainly possible to have happened just as God inspired Moses to record it in Scripture.
There were no microscopes. No technologically advanced methods and tools for studying the composition of materials. No satellites. No laboratories. Just some papyrus and perhaps a personal conversation with the God who created everything and who also caused the deluge of Genesis in the days of a man named Noah who told Moses to write many, many years after the fact:
“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.”