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

Genesis 7:7, NIV: "And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood."

Genesis 7:7, ESV: "And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood."

Genesis 7:7, KJV: "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."

Genesis 7:7, NASB: "Then Noah and his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives with him entered the ark because of the waters of the flood."

Genesis 7:7, NLT: "He went on board the boat to escape the flood--he and his wife and his sons and their wives."

Genesis 7:7, CSB: "So Noah, his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives entered the ark because of the floodwaters."

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

Only eight people will survive the flood, which will otherwise wipe out all of humanity. Noah and his wife and their three sons and their wives would shortly become the only people left on the entire planet. This is a common point held between those who interpret these verses as a local flood, and those who see a global flood. Whether these waters covered the entire surface of the globe, or only the regions inhabited by man, the purpose and effect is the same.

In the prior chapter, God saw that the human race was spiraling out of control. Everything was poisoned by evil (Genesis 6:5), and everything man did was abusive and vile (Genesis 6:11–12). The only exception, it seems, was Noah (Genesis 6:9). Rather than allow mankind to fall into complete ruin, God chooses to judge evil. And, in doing so, to spare those who honor Him. In this way, the human race can survive, but his drastic turn towards evil can be stopped.

Noah's three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth were each around 100 years old at this time, still relatively young men by the lifespans of their era.