(7:1) "Thee have I seen righteous."
God calls Noah "righteous." But this contradicts several other verses that say there never has been such a person. And he just doesn't
seem too darned righteous in 9:20-21. (Where he gets drunk and lies
around naked in front of God and everybody.) Has there ever been a righteous person?
(7:4) "Every living substance that I have made will I destroy."
God repeats his intention to kill "every living substance ... from off the face of the earth." But why
does God kill all the innocent animals? What had they done to deserve his wrath? It seems God never gets his fill of
tormenting animals. To kill or not to kill
(7:8-9) Whether by twos or by sevens, Noah takes representatives from each species of "every thing that creepeth upon the earth."
Now this must have taken some time, along with expert knowledge of taxonomy, genetics, biogeography, and anatomy. How did Noah
manage to collect the endemic species from the New World, Australia, Polynesia, and other remote regions entirely unknown to him?
How, once he found them, did he transport them back to the ark? How could he tell the male and female beetles (there are more than 500,000 species)
apart? How did he know how to care for these new and unfamiliar animals? How did he find the space on the ark? How did he manage to
find and care for the hundreds of thousands of parasitic species? How did he obtain and care for the hundreds of thousands of species of plants?
(Plants are ignored in the Genesis account, but the animals wouldn't last long after if the plants died in the flood.) No, wait, don't tell me.
A miracle happened. Millions of them.
How many of each kind did Noah take into the ark?
(7:8) "Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
(7:9) "There went in two and two."
(7:11) "The windows of heaven were opened."
God opens the "windows of heaven. "He does this every time it rains.
"In the six hundreth year of Noah's life ... the windows of heaven were opened."
(See Quran 29:14 which says he was 950 when the flood began.)
(7:13-14) "In the selfsame day"
All of the animals boarded the ark "in
the selfsame day."
With a million or so species (There are more than a million known today.),
the animals must have boarded at a rate of at least 10 pairs/second.
(7:19-20) "The mountains were covered."
The flood covered the highest mountain tops (Mount Everest?) with fifteen cubits to spare. Where did all the water come
from? Where did it all go? Why is there no evidence of such a massive flood in the geological record?
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for
thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
7:2Of 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.
7:3Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive
upon the face of all the earth.
For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights;
and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the
And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with
him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
7:8Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls,
and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
7:9There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God
had commanded Noah.
The Great Flood
7:10And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the
flood were upon the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the
seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the
great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
7:13In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah,
and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his
kind, every bird of every sort.
7:15And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had
commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
7:17And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark,
and it was lift up above the earth.
And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and
the ark went upon the face of the waters.
And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills,
that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
7:20Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
7:21And all flesh died that
moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
7:22All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
7:23And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and
cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were
destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that
were with him in the ark.
7:24And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.