Bible: Gen 11-16
The Dispersion of the Nations at Babel
11:1 The whole earth 1 had a common language and a common vocabulary. 2 11:2 When the people 3 moved eastward, 4 they found a plain in Shinar 5 and settled there. 11:3 Then they said to one another, 6 “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” 7 (They had brick instead of stone and tar 8 instead of mortar.) 9 11:4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens 10 so that 11 we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise 12 we will be scattered 13 across the face of the entire earth.”
11:5 But the
11:8 So the
The Genealogy of Shem
11:10 This is the account of Shem.
Shem was 100 old when he became the father of Arphaxad, two years after the flood. 11:11 And after becoming the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other 24 sons and daughters.
11:14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 11:15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other 27 sons and daughters.
11:16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 11:17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 11:19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 11:21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 11:23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 11:25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:26 When Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
The Record of Terah
11:27 This is the account of Terah.
Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 11:28 Haran died in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans, 28 while his father Terah was still alive. 29 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, 30 and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah; 31 she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no children.
11:31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (the son of Haran), and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and with them he set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. When they came to Haran, they settled there. 11:32 The lifetime 32 of Terah was 205 years, and he 33 died in Haran.
The Obedience of Abram
“Go out 36 from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household
to the land that I will show you. 37
and I will make your name great, 40
so that you will exemplify divine blessing. 41
12:3 I will bless those who bless you, 42
but the one who treats you lightly 43 I must curse,
and all the families of the earth will bless one another 44 by your name.”
12:4 So Abram left, 45 just as the
12:6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree 52 of Moreh 53 at Shechem. 54 (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.) 55 12:7 The
12:8 Then he moved from there to the hill country east of Bethel 58 and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the
The Promised Blessing Jeopardized
12:10 There was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt 62 to stay for a while 63 because the famine was severe. 64 12:11 As he approached 65 Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, 66 I know that you are a beautiful woman. 67 12:12 When the Egyptians see you they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will keep you alive. 68 12:13 So tell them 69 you are my sister 70 so that it may go well 71 for me because of you and my life will be spared 72 on account of you.”
12:14 When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 12:15 When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abram’s wife 73 was taken 74 into the household of Pharaoh, 75 12:16 and he did treat Abram well 76 on account of her. Abram received 77 sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
12:17 But the
Abram’s Solution to the Strife
13:3 And he journeyed from place to place 89 from the Negev as far as Bethel. 90 He returned 91 to the place where he had pitched his tent 92 at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai. 13:4 This was the place where he had first built the altar, 93 and there Abram worshiped the
13:5 Now Lot, who was traveling 95 with Abram, also had 96 flocks, herds, and tents. 13:6 But the land could 97 not support them while they were living side by side. 98 Because their possessions were so great, they were not able to live 99 alongside one another. 13:7 So there were quarrels 100 between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. 101 (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.) 102
13:8 Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no quarreling between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are close relatives. 103 13:9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself now from me. If you go 104 to the left, then I’ll go to the right, but if you go to the right, then I’ll go to the left.”
13:10 Lot looked up and saw 105 the whole region 106 of the Jordan. He noticed 107 that all of it was well-watered (before the
So the relatives separated from each other. 112 13:12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain 113 and pitched his tents next to Sodom. 13:13 (Now 114 the people 115 of Sodom were extremely wicked rebels against the
13:14 After Lot had departed, the
The Blessing of Victory for God’s People
14:1 At that time 126 Amraphel king of Shinar, 127 Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations 128 14:2 went to war 129 against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 130 14:3 These last five kings 131 joined forces 132 in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 133 14:4 For twelve years 134 they had served Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year 135 they rebelled. 136 14:5 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings who were his allies came and defeated 137 the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 14:6 and the Horites in their hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is near the desert. 138 14:7 Then they attacked En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh) again, 139 and they conquered all the territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.
14:8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and prepared for battle. In the Valley of Siddim they met 140 14:9 Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, 141 Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar. Four kings fought against 142 five. 14:10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. 143 When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into them, 144 but some survivors 145 fled to the hills. 146 14:11 The four victorious kings 147 took all the possessions and food of Sodom and Gomorrah and left. 14:12 They also took Abram’s nephew 148 Lot and his possessions when 149 they left, for Lot 150 was living in Sodom. 151
14:13 A fugitive 152 came and told Abram the Hebrew. 153 Now Abram was living by the oaks 154 of Mamre the Amorite, the brother 155 of Eshcol and Aner. (All these were allied by treaty 156 with Abram.) 157 14:14 When Abram heard that his nephew 158 had been taken captive, he mobilized 159 his 318 trained men who had been born in his household, and he pursued the invaders 160 as far as Dan. 161 14:15 Then, during the night, 162 Abram 163 divided his forces 164 against them and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, which is north 165 of Damascus. 14:16 He retrieved all the stolen property. 166 He also brought back his nephew Lot and his possessions, as well as the women and the rest of 167 the people.
14:17 After Abram 168 returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram 169 in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). 170 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem 171 brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 172 14:19 He blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by 173 the Most High God,
14:20 Worthy of praise is 176 the Most High God,
who delivered 177 your enemies into your hand.”
Abram gave Melchizedek 178 a tenth of everything.
14:21 Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and take the possessions for yourself.” 14:22 But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand 179 to the
The Cutting of the Covenant
15:2 But Abram said, “O sovereign
15:4 But look, 196 the word of the
15:12 When the sun went down, Abram fell sound asleep, 219 and great terror overwhelmed him. 220 15:13 Then the
15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch 232 passed between the animal parts. 233 15:18 That day the
The Birth of Ishmael
16:1 Now Sarai, 239 Abram’s wife, had not given birth to any children, 240 but she had an Egyptian servant 241 named Hagar. 242 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, “Since 243 the
16:3 So after Abram had lived 247 in Canaan for ten years, Sarai, Abram’s wife, gave Hagar, her Egyptian servant, 248 to her husband to be his wife. 249 16:4 He had sexual relations with 250 Hagar, and she became pregnant. 251 Once Hagar realized she was pregnant, she despised Sarai. 252 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You have brought this wrong on me! 253 I allowed my servant to have sexual relations with you, 254 but when she realized 255 that she was pregnant, she despised me. 256 May the
16:9 Then the
“You are now 270 pregnant
and are about to give birth 271 to a son.
You are to name him Ishmael, 272
16:12 He will be a wild donkey 274 of a man.
He will be hostile to everyone, 275
and everyone will be hostile to him. 276
He will live away from 277 his brothers.”
16:13 So Hagar named the