Genesis 11:11

11 After the birth of Arphaxad, Shem lived another 500 years and had other sons and daughters.

Genesis 11:11 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 11:11

And Shem lived, after he begat Arphaxad, five hundred years,
&c.] So that his whole age was six hundred years, and therefore must live to the times of Abraham, and even throughout the life of that patriarch, or near the end of it; and if he was the same with Melchizedek, as is the general opinion of the Jews, and is embraced by many Christians, they had an interview with each other:

and begat sons and daughters;
of whom we have no account, because the Messiah did not spring from them; the design of this genealogy being to carry down his direct line from Shem to Abraham: it is to be observed, that in the account of the patriarchs, and their children after the flood, it is not added as before the flood, "and he died", their lives being long, that remark is made; but the lives of these being shorter, and gradually decreasing, it is omitted. An Arabic writer F24 says, that Shem died in the month Elul, on a Friday, at the close of the year of the world 2758. A Jewish writer F25 says, he died in the fifteenth year of Jacob, and that he saw twelve generations; according to Bishop Usher, he died A. M. 2158.


F24 Elmacinus, p. 13. apud Hottinger. Smegma, p. 258.
F25 R. Gedaliah, Shalshalet, fol. 1. 2.

Genesis 11:11 In-Context

9 That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the LORD confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.
10 This is the account of Shem’s family. Two years after the great flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad.
11 After the birth of Arphaxad, Shem lived another 500 years and had other sons and daughters.
12 When Arphaxad was 35 years old, he became the father of Shelah.
13 After the birth of Shelah, Arphaxad lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or the birth of this ancestor of; also in 11:13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 .
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