The New King James Version

Genesis 11:1–32

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The Tower of Babel

11 Now the whole earth had one language and one 1speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land aof Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and 2bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower bwhose top is in the heavens; let us make a cname for ourselves, lest we dbe scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

eBut the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed fthe people are one and they all have gone language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they hpropose to do will be withheld from them. Come, ilet Us go down and there jconfuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So kthe Lord scattered them abroad from there lover the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called 3Babel, mbecause 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.

Shem’s Descendants

10 nThis is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood. 11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, oand begot Salah. 13 After he begot Salah, Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.

14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber. 15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.

16 pEber lived thirty-four years, and begot qPeleg. 17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.

18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu. 19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters.

20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot rSerug. 21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.

22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor. 23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot sTerah. 25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.

26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and tbegot 4Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

Terah’s Descendants

27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot uAbram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. 28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was vSarai, 5and the name of Nahor’s wife, wMilcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. 30 But xSarai was barren; she had no child.

31 And Terah ytook his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from zUr of the Chaldeans to go to athe land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. 32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.

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