Bible: Genesis 11

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 Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people 14  had started 15  building. 11:6 And the Lord said, “If as one people all sharing a common language 16  they have begun to do this, then 17  nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. 18  11:7 Come, let’s go down and confuse 19  their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.” 20 

11:8 So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building 21  the city. 11:9 That is why its name was called 22  Babel 23 because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth.

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.

11:12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 11:13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other 25  sons and daughters. 26 

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.

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