Genesis 8:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 8:16, NIV: "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives."

Genesis 8:16, ESV: "“Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you."

Genesis 8:16, KJV: "Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee."

Genesis 8:16, NASB: "'Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you."

Genesis 8:16, NLT: "'Leave the boat, all of you--you and your wife, and your sons and their wives."

Genesis 8:16, CSB: ""Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons' wives with you."

What does Genesis 8:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

It is finally time to leave the ark! This is the moment Noah and his family have likely been eagerly anticipating for quite some time. After all of the work preparing the ark, the catastrophic deaths of all other people, and an entire year sealed inside a floating box, this is a moment of incredible triumph.

Without the ark, they would all have died along with the rest of humanity. But the purpose of the ark was simply to preserve Noah, his family (Genesis 7:13), and the animals for this moment. Now, God intends them to begin humanity over again. The fact that Scripture specifically refers to Noah, and his wife, and his sons, and his sons' wives is no accident. This emphasizes the fact that God has had them in his sight, and that He recognizes their desire to walk freely on the earth once again (Genesis 8:18).