7:2 You must take with you seven 1 of every kind of clean animal, 2 the male and its mate, 3 two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, 7:3 and also seven 4 of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, 5 to preserve their offspring 6 on the face of the earth.
1 tn Or “seven pairs” (cf. NRSV).
2 sn For a study of the Levitical terminology of “clean” and “unclean,” see L. E. Toombs, IDB 1:643.
3 tn Heb “a male and his female” (also a second time at the end of this verse). The terms used here for male and female animals (אִישׁ, ’ish) and אִשָּׁה, ’ishah) normally refer to humans.
4 tn Or “seven pairs” (cf. NRSV).
6 tn Heb “to keep alive offspring.”