Genesis 7:2

“Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Of euery cleane beast thou shalt take to thee by seuens, the male and his female: and of beastes that are not cleane, by two, the male and his female.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee seven and seven, the male and his female; and of the beasts that are not clean two, the male and his female:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Of every clean beast you will take seven males and seven females, and of the beasts which are not clean, two, the male and his female;
- Basic English Bible

Of all clean beasts thou shalt take to thee by sevens, a male and its female; but of the beasts that are not clean two, a male and its female.
- Darby Bible

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
- Webster's Bible

You shall take seven pairs of every clean animal with you, the male and his female. Of the animals that are not clean, take two, the male and his female.
- World English Bible

of all the clean beasts thou dost take to thee seven pairs, a male and its female; and of the beasts which are not clean two, a male and its female;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee seven and seven, each with his mate; and of the beasts that are not clean two and two, each with his mate;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 7:2


7:2 Here are necessary orders given concerning the brute creatures that they were to be preserved alive with Noah in the ark. He must carefully preserve every species, that no tribe, no, not the least considerable, might entirely perish out of the creation. Observe in this: God's care for man. Doth God take care for oxen? #1Cor 9:9|, or was it not rather for man's sake that this care was taken? Even the unclean beasts were preserved alive in the ark, that were least valuable. For God's tender mercies are over all his works, and not only over those that are of most use. Yet more of the clean were preserved than of the unclean. Because the clean were most for the service of man; and therefore in favour to him, more of them were preserved and are still propagated. Thanks be to God there are not herds of lions as there are of oxen, nor flocks of tigers as there are of sheep. Because the clean were for sacrifice to God; and therefore, in honour to him, more of them were preserved, three couple for breed, and the odd seventh for sacrifice, #Ge 8:20|.


Discussion for Genesis 7:2

  • Neal Depends on what translation you use 'by two, the male and his female. ' I interpret this as only two of each kind.
  • Seven pairs of clean animals (14 of a kind) and two of each unclean. Two pairs! That's 4 animals of each kind, not two. No one gets this right. Yet it is written clearly. So what else do we have wrong? Most likely everything we hold as true.

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