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Genesis 11 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Tower of Babel

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:1 - Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:2 - And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:3 - And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:4 - Then 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, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:5 - And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:6 - And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:7 - Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:8 - So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:9 - Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused[fn] the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

Shem’s Descendants

(1Ch 1:17–27; Luk 3:34–36 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:10 - These are the generations of Shem. When Shem was 100 years old, he fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:11 - And Shem lived after he fathered Arpachshad 500 years and had other sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:12 - When Arpachshad had lived 35 years, he fathered Shelah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:13 - And Arpachshad lived after he fathered Shelah 403 years and had other sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:14 - When Shelah had lived 30 years, he fathered Eber.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:15 - And Shelah lived after he fathered Eber 403 years and had other sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:16 - When Eber had lived 34 years, he fathered Peleg.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:17 - And Eber lived after he fathered Peleg 430 years and had other sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:18 - When Peleg had lived 30 years, he fathered Reu.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:19 - And Peleg lived after he fathered Reu 209 years and had other sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:20 - When Reu had lived 32 years, he fathered Serug.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:21 - And Reu lived after he fathered Serug 207 years and had other sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:22 - When Serug had lived 30 years, he fathered Nahor.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:23 - And Serug lived after he fathered Nahor 200 years and had other sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:24 - When Nahor had lived 29 years, he fathered Terah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:25 - And Nahor lived after he fathered Terah 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:26 - When Terah had lived 70 years, he fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

Terah’s Descendants

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:27 - Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:28 - Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:29 - And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:30 - Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:31 - Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 11:32 - The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran.
ESV Footnotes
Babel sounds like the Hebrew for confused

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