And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
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.
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.
4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Oh dear, I always thought Noah took just two of each animal into the ark. Now here it is in God’s word—of the CLEAN animals he was to take seven pairs. That’s 14 of each animal, male and female of every kind. It was only the unclean beasts that were limited to two of a kind, one male and one female. I have learned something about the bible that is different from the bible “folklore” we usually hear. .
Also, Noah now learns from the Lord that rain will fall for forty days and forty nights, wiping out every living creature from the face of the earth. The floodwaters are imminent. If Noah had not taken the Lord at his word and built the ark when told to do so, it would now have been to late—and building that ark must have taken years and years and an unimaginable amount of work.
Not only by the grace of God, but by the faith and devotion to duty of Noah, Noah, his sons, all of their wives and all of the creatures Noah brought into the ark according to God’s commandment were ready when the rain began to fall.
Faith and duty. If we all attended to these aspects of life as well as Noah did, we might all be ready for whatever flood of misfortune we might be called upon to face.
– Betty Killebrew
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