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Genesis 11 (Today's New International Version)

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The Tower of Babel

1 Now the whole world had one language1 and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward,a they found a plain in Shinarb2 and settled there. 3 They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks3 and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone,4 and tar5 for mortar. 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens,6 so that we may make a name7 for ourselves and not be scattered8 over the face of the whole earth."9 5 But the LORD came down10 to see the city and the tower they were building. 6 The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language11 they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us12 go down13 and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."14 8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth,15 and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babelc16--because there the LORD confused the language17 of the whole world.18 From there the LORD scattered19 them over the face of the whole earth.

From Shem to Abram

11:10-27pp -- Ge 10:21-31; 1Ch 1:17-27

10 This is the account20 of Shem's family line. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the fatherd of Arphaxad.21 11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters. 12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah.22 13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.e 14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber.23 15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. 16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg.24 17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters. 18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu.25 19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug.26 21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters. 22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor.27 23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters. 24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah.28 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters. 26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram,29 Nahor30 and Haran.31

Abram's Family

27 This is the account32 of Terah's family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor33 and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.34 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans,35 in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor36 both married. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai,37 and the name of Nahor's wife was Milkah;38 she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.39 31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot40 son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law41 Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans42 to go to Canaan.43 But when they came to Harran,44 they settled there. 32 Terah45 lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.
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