Genesis 6 and 7:1 – The mystery of Noah’s dual instructions

In the latter part of Genesis 6, God gives instructions to Noah on how to build the ark, and describes his covenant with Noah, his wife, his 3 sons, and his sons wives. Doesn’t say how many wives of his sons however, we can’t assume there are 3 wives because we know that polygamy has already been mentioned and normalized.

God’s instructions to Noah regarding what we are told are “animals” but in the Bible are called “… every living thing of all flesh…” are found in verse 19:

Genesis 6:19 (God speaking to Noah which started in verse 13) – And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

Pretty straight forward, 2 of each, birds, cattle, and creepers of the ground. Again I beg the question, what about sea creatures?

The story changes a bit, however, when we get into Genesis 7:1 when Jehovah gives his instructions (emphasis is mine):

Genesis 7:2 (Jehovah speaking to Noah) – Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee SEVEN and SEVEN, the male and his female; and of the beasts that are not clean two, the male and his female: of the birds also of the heavens, SEVEN and SEVEN, male and female…”

See the difference? God says bring two of each, Jehovah adds the detail about 7 and 7.

So here is where I beg the question: Why do Jehovah’s instructions include extra “beasts” from God’s instructions?  All I want is for the reader to acknowledge the difference in instructions because the answer comes later. So what really happened on the Ark of Noah?

The Ark
Two or Seven? God or Jehovah? The verses are clear and the answer is not.

The mysteries abound but I know we are just getting started, because most people (believers and non-believers) know what happens next in the story.

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