Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl,
whatsoever creepeth upon the earth
All went out, not one was left, and they went out
after their kind;
not in a confused disorderly manner, mixing with one another; but as they went in by pairs, male and female of every sort, so they came forth in like manner, or, "according to their families" F3; by which it seems as if the creatures did breed in the ark, and had their families of young ones; and which is the sense of some in Aben Ezra, and he himself thinks it not foreign, though he interprets it as we do, and as the Greek version does, "after their kind": thus they
went forth out of the ark;
everyone with his mate, in order to procreate and multiply upon the earth.