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Noah's Planed Wood

Gopher, from the Hebrew word pronounced go-fer, was a type of wood that Noah used to build the ark (although the name is the same in English, gopher wood is not at all related to the burrowing rodent). Mentioned only once in Bible History, it is often regarded as the cypress tree, which was widely available in Noah's place and time (see Biblical Forests), although others translate it as pine or cedar. The root of the Hebrew word is a verb meaning to build, or to house, which would imply how the wood was used, not necessarily the species of tree, which is perhaps the reason that the (Greek) Septuagint translates gopher as "squared beams," and the Vulgate as "planed wood."

"Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch"

Noah's Ark

"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth."

"The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth."

"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with Pitch."

"And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it."

"And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die [see also Evidence of The Flood]. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee."

"And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them."

"Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he." (Genesis 6:9-22 KJV)

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