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And some of every living thing, some of all flesh, you are to bring into the ship to keep them alive with you; pairs of every kind. They are to be a male and a female. Bible

“pairs” The Hebrew word is “two,” but in this context it can be understood as a “pair.” Gordan Winham translates Genesis 6:19: “At the same time you shall bring into the ark to stay alive with you some of every living thing, some of all flesh, pairs of everything: they shall be male and female.” Some other English versions use “pairs” instead of “two” as well (cp. CEB; NLT). The designation “pair” is clear from the last phrase in the verse: “they are to be a male and a female,” and also from Genesis 7:2-3, which makes it clear that there was to be seven pairs of the clean animals and the birds on the ark. The fact that there were seven pairs of clean animals and birds on the ark also explains how Noah could get off the ark and sacrifice some of the clean animals and birds and still have animals and birds to reproduce the species (Gen. 8:20).


Commentary for: Genesis 6:19