Genesis 11:4 NLT

4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”

Study tools for Genesis 11:4

  • a 11:2 - Hebrew Shinar.
  • b 11:9 - Or Babylon. Babel sounds like a Hebrew term that means “confusion.”
  • c 11:10 - Or the ancestor of; also in 11:12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 .
  • d 11:11 - Or the birth of this ancestor of; also in 11:13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 .
  • e 11:13 - Greek version reads When Arphaxad was 135 years old, he became the father of Cainan. After the birth of Cainan, Arphaxad lived another 430 years and had other sons and daughters, and then he died. When Cainan was 130 years old, he became the father of Shelah. After the birth of Shelah, Cainan lived another 330 years and had other sons and daughters, and then he died. Compare Luke 3:35-36 .
  • f 11:32 - Some ancient versions read 145 years; compare 11:26 and 12:4 .