Genesis 7:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 7:1, NIV: "The LORD then said to Noah, 'Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation."

Genesis 7:1, ESV: "Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation."

Genesis 7:1, KJV: "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."

Genesis 7:1, NASB: "Then the LORD said to Noah, 'Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this generation."

Genesis 7:1, NLT: "When everything was ready, the LORD said to Noah, 'Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous."

Genesis 7:1, CSB: "Then the LORD said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation."

What does Genesis 7:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A common theme of the book of Genesis is the fact that God "sees." God observes what is true and acts on it. In Genesis 1, He saw what He had made was good. In the previous chapter, He saw all the wickedness which man's sinfulness had made on the earth (Genesis 6:5).

Now God says He has seen Noah's righteousness. Specifically, God has noticed the contrast between Noah's choices and those of his generation. Throughout Scripture, God calls His people not to allow their peers, culture, or the moral standards of their times to set the direction of their lives. Instead, He calls His people to be committed to obeying Him. Noah did that. The last verse of the prior chapter specifically says that Noah obeyed all that God told him, exactly as it was told him (Genesis 6:22).

Now that Noah has obeyed God by building the ark according to the Lord's specifications, God commands Noah to take his family into the boat to be saved from the coming flood while the rest of his generation remains unprotected.