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Finally the day came when the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I consider you alone to be righteous. Bring in the animals, too—a pair of each, except those kinds I have chosen for eating and for sacrifice: take seven pairs of each of them, and seven pairs[a] of every kind of bird. Thus there will be every kind of life reproducing again after the flood has ended.

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  1. Genesis 7:3 seven pairs, literally, “the male and female.”

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