and seven pairs, male and female, of the birds of the sky—in order to keep offspring alive on the face of the whole earth.
When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ They will kill me but let you live.
that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death.”
Why should we die here in front of you—both us and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food. Then we with our land will become Pharaoh’s slaves. Give us seed so that we can live and not die, and so that the land won’t become desolate.”
Then Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the boy with me. We will be on our way so that we may live and not die—neither we, nor you, nor our children.
And they said, “You have saved our lives. We have found favor in our lord’s eyes and will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”
Listen,” he went on, “I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us so that we will live and not die.”
On the third day Joseph said to them, “I fear God—do this and you will live.
“When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.”
Pharaoh then commanded all his people: “You must throw every son born to the Hebrews into the Nile, but let every daughter live.”
The Hebrew midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.
So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?”
So Joshua established peace with them and made a treaty to let them live, and the leaders of the community swore an oath to them.
This is what Joshua did to them: he delivered them from the hands of the Israelites, and they did not kill them.
This is how we will treat them: we will let them live, so that no wrath will fall on us because of the oath we swore to them.”
They also said, “Let them live.” So the Gibeonites became woodcutters and water carriers for the whole community, as the leaders had promised them.
So he said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother! As the Lord lives, if you had let them live, I would not kill you.”
You profane Me in front of My people for handfuls of barley and scraps of bread; you kill those who should not die and spare those who should not live, when you lie to My people, who listen to lies.
2 Kings 1:13
Then the king sent a third captain of 50 with his 50 men. The third captain of 50 went up and fell on his knees in front of Elijah and begged him, “Man of God, please let my life and the lives of these 50 servants of yours be precious in your sight.
2 Kings 1:14
Already fire has come down from heaven and consumed the first two captains of 50 with their fifties, but this time let my life be precious in your sight.”
2 Kings 11:2
Jehosheba, who was King Jehoram’s daughter and Ahaziah’s sister, secretly rescued Joash son of Ahaziah from the king’s sons who were being killed and put him and the one who nursed him in a bedroom. So he was hidden from Athaliah and was not killed.
2 Samuel 12:22
He answered, “While the baby was alive, I fasted and wept because I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let him live.’
Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, know that you will certainly die, you and all who are yours.”
The father realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” Then he himself believed, along with his whole household.
and kept begging Him, “My little daughter is at death’s door. Come and lay Your hands on her so she can get well and live.”
“Go,” Jesus told him, “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed.
Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do what is good or to do what is evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.
Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do what is good or to do what is evil, to save life or to destroy it?”
1 Kings 18:5
Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go throughout the land to every spring of water and to every wadi. Perhaps we’ll find grass so we can keep the horses and mules alive and not have to destroy any cattle.”
You are also to bring into the ark two of all the living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
Two of everything—from the birds according to their kinds, from the livestock according to their kinds, and from the animals that crawl on the ground according to their kinds—will come to you so that you can keep them alive.