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4. Noah: "by sevens," "by two"



Genesis 7:2,3 - "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth."

"by sevens" is plural (The Hebrew is literally "seven seven"), i.e. seven pairs.

"by two" is singular, i.e. one pair.

Therefore there were no singles on the ark! This was in order to quickly replenish the earth afterwards with clean and unclean beasts. They would need more pairs of clean beasts, as many of them were needed for the sacrifices.