11Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2And as they migrated from the east,* they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3And they said to one another, Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4Then they said, Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. 6And the Lord said, Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one anothers speech. 8So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused* the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
10 These are the descendants of Shem. When Shem was one hundred years old, he became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood; 11and Shem lived after the birth of Arpachshad for five hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.
12 When Arpachshad had lived for thirty-five years, he became the father of Shelah; 13and Arpachshad lived after the birth of Shelah for four hundred and three years, and had other sons and daughters.
14 When Shelah had lived for thirty years, he became the father of Eber; 15and Shelah lived after the birth of Eber for four hundred and three years, and had other sons and daughters.
16 When Eber had lived for thirty-four years, he became the father of Peleg; 17and Eber lived after the birth of Peleg for four hundred and thirty years, and had other sons and daughters.
18 When Peleg had lived for thirty years, he became the father of Reu; 19and Peleg lived after the birth of Reu for two hundred and nine years, and had other sons and daughters.
20 When Reu had lived for thirty-two years, he became the father of Serug; 21and Reu lived after the birth of Serug for two hundred and seven years, and had other sons and daughters.
22 When Serug had lived for thirty years, he became the father of Nahor; 23and Serug lived after the birth of Nahor for two hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.
24 When Nahor had lived for twenty-nine years, he became the father of Terah; 25and Nahor lived after the birth of Terah for one hundred and nineteen years, and had other sons and daughters.
26 When Terah had lived for seventy years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 Now these are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. 28Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29Abram and Nahor took wives; the name of Abrams wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahors wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abrams wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there. 32The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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