"and nothing but the truth" seems redundant and unnecessarily distracting. Obviously there is such a thing as "the truth", or we wouldn't be talking about it, and "the whole truth" elegantly addresses the issue of incomplete truth..
I guess "nothing but the truth" means don't waste my time with this c%@#!
It is quite noteworthy that Noah would care for all the animals, not just the livestock, neither just the favored animals, (to exclude serpents, crows, …) but "every" beast.
over the edge looking at a great formation, I was overcome with a primal sense of understanding. It wasn’t tragic, though sad, but a profound feeling that closed in; and made me like a fool for having ever felt otherwise.
Now that‘s a good question.
(this rotten apple)