LIGHT AND TRUTH.
centuries — must have been favorable to a high degree
of perfection in these arts, and the science of music.
In the six hundredth year of Noah, and 2348 years
before Ch»ist, "the flood of waters was upon the earth."
The prediction of the deluge to Noah was of the nature
of a warning to him, in order that he might prepare him¬
self against it. A knowledge of the deluge was com¬
municated to him 120 years before the event took place.
It entirely covered the earth; and destroyed all the in¬
habitants, with the exception of the eight individuals who
composed Noah's family, and a pair of each species of
animals — all of whom were preserved in the ark. The
ark was built in expectation of the flood; it was a struc¬
ture 480 feet or more in length, 81 in breath, and 41 in
height. It was sufficiently capacious to answer the pur¬
pose for which it was designed; and was three stories
high, containing many small compartments for the suita¬
ble accommodation of its intended occupants.
At the appointed time, the family of Noah—and all
kinds of beasts, birds and reptiles, by pairs — went into
the ark. " And God blessed righteous Noah and his
family; and the Lord shut him in, in the six hundredth
year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth
day of the month."
This period embraces 1656 years from* the creation.*
Noah and his companions came out of the ark 2347
years before Christ, to till and replenish the earth. And
Noah builded an altar unto the Lord, and took of every
clean beast and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt
offerings upon the altar. And Noah and his family soon
journeyed from Mount Ararat eastward to Armenia; and
the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east,
that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, (Chaldea,)
and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go
to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And
they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
And they said, Go to, let us build a city, and a tower,
* According to the time used in scripture, Noah and his companions con¬
tinued in the ark one year and ten days. I he ark floated on the waters 150
days, and then rested on one of the summits ol Mt. Ararat; but it was sev¬
eral months before the waters entirely subsided.