Genesis 7:3
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New International Version
and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.

New Living Translation
Also take seven pairs of every kind of bird. There must be a male and a female in each pair to ensure that all life will survive on the earth after the flood.

English Standard Version
and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.

New American Standard Bible
also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and seven pairs, male and female, of the birds of the sky--in order to keep offspring alive on the face of the whole earth.

International Standard Version
along with seven pairs of the flying birds, male and female, in order to keep their offspring alive on the surface of all the earth.

NET Bible
and also seven of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of the earth.

New Heart English Bible
Also of the clean birds of the sky, seven pairs, a male and a female, and of all the unclean birds, one pair, a male and a female, to preserve their offspring on the surface of all the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Also, take seven pairs of every kind of bird (a male and a female of each) to preserve animal life all over the earth after the flood.

JPS Tanakh 1917
of the fowl also of the air, seven and seven, male and female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

New American Standard 1977
also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of fowls also of the heavens by seven pairs, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep their kind alive upon the face of all the earth.

American King James Version
Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive on the face of all the earth.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
But of the beasts that are unclean two and two, the male and female. Of the fowls also of the air seven and seven,the male and the female: that seed may be saved upon the face of the whole earth.

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

English Revised Version
of the fowl also of the air, seven and seven, male and female: to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

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

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
also, of fowl of the heavens seven pairs, a male and a female, to keep alive seed on the face of all the earth;
Study Bible
Entering the Ark
2"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; 3also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4"For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made."…
Cross References
Genesis 6:20
"Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.

Genesis 7:2
"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;

Genesis 7:4
"For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made."

Genesis 7:8
Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground,
Treasury of Scripture

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

Verse 3. - Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female. I.e. of clean fowls, "which he leaves to be understood out of the foregoing verse" (Peele). The Samaritan, Syriac, and LXX. (not so Vulgate, Onkelos, Arabic) insert the word "clean unnecessarily, and also add," καὶ ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν πετεινῶν τῶνν μὴ καθαρῶν δύο δύο ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ," manifestly to make the verse resemble the preceding. To keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and his female,.... That is, of such as were clean; seven couple of these were to be brought into the ark, for the like use as of the clean beasts, and those under the law; and so at this time, and here meant were turtledoves, and young pigeons that were for sacrifice; and the rest were for food: and the design of bringing both into the ark was:

to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth; that the species of creatures might be continued, both of beasts and birds, clean and unclean. 7:1-12 The call to Noah is very kind, like that of a tender father to his children to come in-doors when he sees night or a storm coming. Noah did not go into the ark till God bade him, though he knew it was to be his place of refuge. It is very comfortable to see God going before us in every step we take. Noah had taken a great deal of pains to build the ark, and now he was himself kept alive in it. What we do in obedience to the command of God, and in faith, we ourselves shall certainly have the comfort of, first or last. This call to Noah reminds us of the call the gospel gives to poor sinners. Christ is an ark, in whom alone we can be safe, when death and judgment approach. The word says, Come; ministers say, Come; the Spirit says, Come, come into the Ark. Noah was accounted righteous, not for his own righteousness, but as an heir of the righteousness which is by faith, Heb 11:7. He believed the revelation of a saviour, and sought and expected salvation through Him alone. Thus was he justified by faith, and received that Spirit whose fruit is in all goodness; but if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. After the hundred and twenty years, God granted seven days' longer space for repentance. But these seven days were trifled away, like all the rest. It shall be but seven days. They had only one week more, one sabbath more to improve, and to consider the things that belonged to their peace. But it is common for those who have been careless of 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 few days of their sickness, when they see death approaching; their hearts being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. As Noah prepared the ark by faith in the warning given that the flood would come, so he went into it, by faith in this warning that it would come quickly. And on the day Noah was securely fixed in the ark, the fountains of the great deep were broken up. The earth had within it those waters, which, at God's command, sprang up and flooded it; and thus our bodies have in themselves those humours, which, when God pleases, become the seeds and springs of mortal diseases. The windows of heaven were opened, and the waters which were above the firmament, that is, in the air, were poured out upon the earth. The rain comes down in drops; but such rains fell then, as were never known before or since. It rained without stop or abatement, forty days and forty nights, upon the whole earth at once. As there was a peculiar exercise of the almighty power of God in causing the flood, it is vain and presumptuous to attempt explaining the method of it, by human wisdom.
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