Genesis 8:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 8:19, NIV: "All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds--everything that moves on land--came out of the ark, one kind after another."

Genesis 8:19, ESV: "Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark."

Genesis 8:19, KJV: "Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark."

Genesis 8:19, NASB: "Every animal, every crawling thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark."

Genesis 8:19, NLT: "And all of the large and small animals and birds came out of the boat, pair by pair."

Genesis 8:19, CSB: "All the animals, all the creatures that crawl, and all the flying creatures--everything that moves on the earth--came out of the ark by their families."

What does Genesis 8:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Finally, after a full year aboard the ark, all the animals—wild animals, creeping things, birds, everything that moves—left the ark together in an orderly fashion. Note that, while the animals were specifically said to have entered in pairs (Genesis 6:19–20; 7:8–9), this verse simply says that the animals went out "by families." No mention is made of pairs here, and "families" were not mentioned when the ark was being filled. While the text itself does not say so explicitly, it is all but certain that many of the pairs of animals reproduced during the voyage. These creatures are now setting foot on the remade earth as a larger family groupings.

Also clear in this verse is the supernatural influence of God. Animals simply don't co-exist in an orderly fashion like this. Noah was not an expert in taming wild beasts. The only way these animals could have entered, survived together, and exited the ark was through the direct intervention of God for the sake of saving each kind of animal that was saved.