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6:17 'I Myself am bringing the flood. Water shall be on the earth to destroy from under the heavens all flesh having in it a breath of life. All that is on land will die.
Va'ani hineni mevi et-hamabul mayim al-ha'arets leshachet kol-basar asher-bo ru'ach chayim mitachat hashamayim kol-asher ba'arets yigva.


  Mabul in Hebrew. This word is used only to denote the Great Flood in the time of Noah. Some say that it comes from the root naval, denoting death (as in nevalah); and hence, a mabul is a killing agent (Radak, Sherashim, s.v. Naval; Hirsch). Others maintain that it comes from the roots balah (to wear out, grind down), balbal (to confuse, mix up), or yaval (to transport). It is also related to the root balal, to mix or stir.

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