Genesis - Chapter 11




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1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

1 And all the earth had one language and one tongue.

2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

2 And it came about that in their wandering from the east, they came to a stretch of flat country in the land of Shinar, and there they made their living-place.

3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

3 And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks, burning them well. And they had bricks for stone, putting them together with sticky earth.

4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

4 And they said, Come, let us make a town, and a tower whose top will go up as high as heaven; and let us make a great name for ourselves, so that we may not be wanderers over the face of the earth.

5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

5 And the Lord came down to see the town and the tower which the children of men were building.

6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

6 And the Lord said, See, they are all one people and have all one language; and this is only the start of what they may do: and now it will not be possible to keep them from any purpose of theirs.

7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

7 Come, let us go down and take away the sense of their language, so that they will not be able to make themselves clear to one another.

8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

8 So the Lord God sent them away into every part of the earth: and they gave up building their town.

9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

9 So it was named Babel, because there the Lord took away the sense of all languages and from there the Lord sent them away over all the face of the earth.

10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

10 These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old when he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the great flow of waters;

11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

11 And after the birth of Arpachshad, Shem went on living for five hundred years, and had sons and daughters:

12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:

12 And Arpachshad was thirty-five years old when he became the father of Shelah:

13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.

13 And after the birth of Shelah, Arpachshad went on living for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters:

14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:

14 And Shelah was thirty years old when he became the father of Eber:

15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.

15 And after the birth of Eber, Shelah went on living for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters:

16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:

16 And Eber was thirty-four years old when he became the father of Peleg:

17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.

17 And after the birth of Peleg, Eber went on living for four hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters:

18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:

18 And Peleg was thirty years old when he became the father of Reu:

19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.

19 And after the birth of Reu, Peleg went on living for two hundred and nine years, and had sons and daughters:

20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:

20 And Reu was thirty-two years old when he became the father of Serug:

21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.

21 And after the birth of Serug, Reu went on living for two hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters:

22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:

22 And Serug was thirty years old when he became the father of Nahor:

23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

23 And after the birth of Nahor, Serug went on living for two hundred years, and had sons and daughters:

24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:

24 And Nahor was twenty-nine years old when he became the father of Terah:

25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.

25 And after the birth of Terah, Nahor went on living for a hundred and nineteen years, and had sons and daughters:

26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

26 And Terah was seventy years old when he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.

27 These are the generations of Terah: Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.

28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

28 And death came to Haran when he was with his father Terah in the land of his birth, Ur of the Chaldees.

29 And Abram and Nahor took them 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 the father of Iscah.

29 And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah.

30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

30 And Sarai had no child.

31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

31 And Terah took Abram, his son, and Lot, the son of Haran, and Sarai, his daughter-in-law, the wife of his son Abram and they went out from Ur of the Chaldees, to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran, and were there for some time.

32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

32 And all the years of Terah's life were two hundred and five: and Terah came to his end in Haran.




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