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Genesis 7:2-3

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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).

5 tn Here (and in v. 9) the Hebrew text uses the normal generic terms for “male and female” (זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, zakhar unÿqevah).

6 tn Heb “to keep alive offspring.”



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