Genesis 11

1˻After the flood,˼ the whole world spoke one language. All people used the same words. 2People moved from the East. They found a plain in the country of Shinar. The people stayed there to live. 3The people said, “We should make bricks and put them in fire so that they will become very hard.” So the people used bricks, not stones, to build their houses. And the people used tar, not mortar. 4Then the people said, “We should build a city for ourselves. And we should build a tower that will reach to the sky. We will be famous. And this will keep us together. We will not be scattered all over the earth.” 5The Lord came down to see the city and the very tall building. The Lord saw the people building these things. 6The Lord said, “These people all speak the same language. And I see that they are joined together to do this work. This is only the beginning of what they can do. Soon they will be able to do anything they want. 7So let’s go down and confuse their language. Then they will not understand each other.” 8So the Lord caused the people to spread all over the earth. So the people did not finish building the city. 9That is the place where the Lord confused the language of the whole world. So that place is called Babel. So the Lord caused the people to spread out from that place to all the other places on earth. 10This is the story of Shem’s family. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, his son Arphaxad was born. 11After that Shem lived 500 years. He had other sons and daughters. 12When Arphaxad was 35 years old, his son Shelah was born. 13After Shelah was born, Arphaxad lived 403 years. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 14After Shelah was 30 years old, his son Eber was born. 15After Eber was born, Shelah lived 403 years. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 16After Eber was 34 years old, his son Peleg was born. 17After Peleg was born, Eber lived 430 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 18After Peleg was 30 years old, his son Reu was born. 19After Reu was born, Peleg lived 209 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 20After Reu was 32 years old, his son Serug was born. 21After Serug was born, Reu lived 207 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 22After Serug was 30 years old, his son Nahor was born. 23After Nahor was born, Serug lived 200 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 24After Nahor was 29 years old, his son Terah was born. 25After Terah was born, Nahor lived 119 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 26After Terah was 70 years old, his sons Abram, Nahor, and Haran were born. 27This is the story of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran was the father of Lot. 28Haran died in his home town, Ur of Babylonia, while his father Terah was still alive. 29Abram and Nahor both married. Abram’s wife was named Sarai. Nahor’s wife was named Milcah. Milcah was the daughter of Haran. Haran was the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30Sarai did not have any children because she was not able to have children. 31Terah took his family and left Ur of Babylonia. They planned to travel to Canaan. Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (Haran’s son), and his daughter-in-law Sarai (Abram’s wife). They traveled to the city of Haran and decided to stay there. 32Terah lived to be 205 years old. He died in Haran.

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