But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.
"Look!" he said. "If they can accomplish this when they have just begun to take advantage of their common language and political unity, just think of what they will do later. Nothing will be impossible for them!
Come, let's go down and give them different languages. Then they won't be able to understand each other."
In that way, the LORD scattered them all over the earth; and that ended the building of the city.
That is why the city was called Babel, a because it was there that the LORD confused the people by giving them many languages, thus scattering them across the earth.
This is the history of Shem's family. When Shem was 100 years old, his son Arphaxad was born. This happened two years after the Flood.
After the birth of Arphaxad, Shem lived another 500 years and had other sons and daughters.
When Arphaxad was 35 years old, his son Shelah was born. b13
After the birth of Shelah, Arphaxad lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters. c14
When Shelah was 30 years old, his son Eber was born.
After the birth of Eber, Shelah lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters.
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