Genesis 11:27-32

Abram’s Family

27 This is the account of Terah’s family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.
28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.
29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; 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.
31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.
32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.

Genesis 11:27 in Other Translations

KJV
27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
ESV
27 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.
NLT
27 This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.
MSG
27 This is the story of Terah. Terah had Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
CSB
27 These are the family records of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran, and Haran fathered Lot.

Genesis 11:27-32 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 11

This chapter gives an account of the inhabitants of the earth before the confusion of tongues at Babel, of their speech and language, which was one and the same, and of the place where they dwelt, Ge 11:1,2 and of their design to build a city and tower, to make them a name and keep them together, which they put in execution, Ge 11:3,4 of the notice the Lord took of this affair, and of the method he took to put a stop to their designs, by confounding their speech, and dispersing them abroad upon the face of the earth, Ge 11:5-9 then follows a genealogy of Shem's posterity down to Abraham, Ge 11:10-26 and a particular relation is given of Terah, the father of Abraham, and his family, and of his going forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, in order to go into the land of Canaan, and of his death at Haran by the way, Ge 11:27-32.

Genesis 11:27-32 In-Context

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, Nahor and Haran.
27 This is the account of Terah’s family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.
28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.
29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; 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.
31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.
32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.

Cross References 14

  • 1. S Genesis 2:4
  • 2. ver 29; Genesis 31:53
  • 3. ver 31; Genesis 12:4; Genesis 13:1,5,8,12; Genesis 14:12; Genesis 19:1; Luke 17:28; 2 Peter 2:7
  • 4. ver 31; Genesis 15:7; Nehemiah 9:7; Job 1:17; Job 16:11; Ezekiel 23:23; Acts 7:4
  • 5. S ver 27,31; Genesis 22:20,23; Genesis 24:10,15,24; Genesis 29:5
  • 6. Genesis 12:5,11; Genesis 16:1; Genesis 17:15
  • 7. Genesis 22:20
  • 8. Genesis 16:1; Genesis 18:11; Genesis 25:21; Genesis 29:31; Genesis 30:1,22; Judges 13:2; 1 Samuel 1:5; Psalms 113:9; Luke 1:7,36
  • 9. S ver 27
  • 10. Genesis 38:11; Leviticus 18:15; Leviticus 20:12; Ruth 1:6,22; Ruth 2:20; Ruth 4:15; 1 Samuel 4:19; 1 Chronicles 2:4; Ezekiel 22:11; Micah 7:6
  • 11. S ver 28; Genesis 15:7; Nehemiah 9:7; Acts 7:4
  • 12. S Genesis 10:19
  • 13. S ver 29; Genesis 12:4; Genesis 27:43; Genesis 28:5,10; Genesis 29:4; 2 Kings 19:12; Ezekiel 27:23
  • 14. Joshua 24:2
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