[b-hebrew] Gen 7:2 'by sevens' vs. 'seven pairs'

Steve Miller smille10 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jul 17 19:06:47 EDT 2009

Yes, you are correct. The same construct is used in 7:9 and 15, where "two
two" clearly means "two of each" or "two by two", not "two pairs".

As you said, the 7th one is apparently for sacrificing. I don't know if it
would be male or female.

-Steve Miller
But when One stronger than Satan comes upon him and overcomes him, He takes
away his whole armor in which he had trusted and distributes his spoil.
(Luke 11:22)


> From: Oun Kwon
> Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 11:22 PM
> Noah was told to bring in "by sevens", as in KJV (or rather, seven by
> seven) (Gen 7:2).
> I believe it should not be rendered as "seven pairs" (ESV, HCSB, NRSV,
> etc.), neither as "seven and seven, each with his mate" (JPS).
> Seeing that, I want to make sure I'm on the right track in
> understanding this clearly as:
>      7 of each kind of animal = three pairs (male & its mate) + a
> seventh (male) to be used for sacrifice later (Gen 8:20).
> I would appreciate your comment very much.
> Oun.
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