Genesis 7:3

“Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 7:3

Of fowles also of the aire, by seuens, the male & the female; to keepe seed aliue vpon the face of all the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

of the birds also of the heavens, seven and seven, male and female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And of the birds of the air, seven males and seven females, so that their seed may still be living on the face of the earth.
- Basic English Bible

Also of the fowl of the heavens by sevens, male and female; to keep seed alive on the face of all the earth.
- Darby Bible

Of fowls of the air also by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive on the face of all the earth.
- Webster's Bible

Also of the birds of the sky, seven and seven, male and female, to keep seed alive on the surface of all the earth.
- World English Bible

also, of fowl of the heavens seven pairs, a male and a female, to keep alive seed on the face of all the earth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

of the fowl also of the air, seven and seven, male and female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 7:3

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 7:3


7:1 Here is a gracious invitation of Noah and his family into a place of safety, now the flood of waters was coming. For thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation - Those are righteous indeed that are righteous before God; that have not only the form of godliness by which they appear righteous before men, who may easily be imposed upon; but the power of it, by which they approve themselves to God, who searcheth the heart.

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|.

7:4 Yet seven days and I will cause it to rain - It shall be seven days yet before I do it, After the 120 years were expired, God grants them a reprieve of seven days longer, both to shew how slow he is to anger, and to give them some farther space for repentance. But all in vain; these seven days were trifled away after all the rest, they continued secure until the day that the flood came. While Noah told them of the judgment at a distance, they were tempted to put off their repentance: but now he is ordered to tell them that it is at the door; that they have but one week more to turn them in, to see if that will now at last awaken them to consider the things that belong to their peace. But it is common for those that have been careless for their souls during the years of their health, when they have looked upon death at a distance, to be as careless during the days, the seven days of their sickness, when they see it approaching, their hearts being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.


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