5But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6The Lord said, “They are one people. And all of them speak the same language. That is why they can do this. Now they will be able to do anything they plan to. 7Come. Let us go down and mix up their language. Then they will not understand each other.”
8So the Lord scattered them from there over the whole earth. And they stopped building the city. 9The Lord mixed up the language of the whole world there. That’s why the city was named Babel. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
10Here is the story of Shem.
Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28Haran died in Ur in Babylonia. That was the land where he had been born. Haran died while his father Terah was still alive.
29Abram and Nahor both got married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai. The name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran. Haran was the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30But Sarai wasn’t able to have children.
31Terah started out from Ur in Babylonia. He took his son Abram with him. He also took his grandson Lot. Lot was the son of Haran. And Terah took his daughter-in-law Sarai. She was the wife of his son Abram.
All of them left together to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled down.