And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. Gen 8:4
The Primitive Root
Strong’s H5117 נוח nuach, the primitive root meaning, “to rest.” The ancient pictographs are nun + vav + chet.
nun נ, ן = the seed, thus continue, heir, son
vav ו = the tent peg, thus add, secure, hook
chet ח = the wall, thus outside, divide, half
The story the ancient Hebrew pictographs are painting, is of continuing (nun) securely (vav) outside (chet).
There are two possible explanations. “Outside” is beyond, on the other side of, the tent wall wherein the family dwells, or the enclosure fence, wherein the tribe dwells. Within the tent walls and within the enclosure fence, the family and the tribe is secure. But to also be secure beyond the tent wall and beyond the enclosure fence, that is true security indeed.
And the second, suggested by Dr. Benner’s Ancient Hebrew Lexicon, is that it is beyond the enclosure fence that the shepherd leads his flock to a place of green pasture and still water, where he makes them lie down in safety.