Genesis 8:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 8:18, NIV: "So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives."

Genesis 8:18, ESV: "So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him."

Genesis 8:18, KJV: "And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:"

Genesis 8:18, NASB: "So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him."

Genesis 8:18, NLT: "So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat."

Genesis 8:18, CSB: "So Noah, along with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, came out."

What does Genesis 8:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Once God gave the word that it was time to leave the ark, Noah and the other human occupants left together. This is yet another example of Noah's obedience to God. Prior Scriptures showed Noah responding to the will of God with total compliance (Genesis 6:22; 7:5). While it's likely the people on board were eager to walk on open ground again, it's also possible that fear might have been a problem. After the catastrophe of the flood, one would hardly blame those on board the ark for being nervous about what the world was like. The command of God in the prior verse shows this was not His intent. Fearful, or eager, the obedience of Noah and his family is exemplary. They would become the "new" first, the beginning again, of all the humans on earth.