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G enesis 11
Joktan was the ancestor of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,
27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah,
and Jobab. All these were descendants of Joktan. 30 The territory they
occupied extended from Mesha all the way to Sephar in the eastern
31 These were the descendants of Shem, identified by clan, language, territory, and national identity.
32 These are the clans that descended from Noah’s sons, arranged by nation
according to their lines of descent. All the nations of the earth descended
from these clans after the great flood.
The Tower of Babel
At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and
used the same words. 2 As the people migrated to the east, they found
a plain in the land of Babylonia* and settled there.
3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them
with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used
for mortar.) 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with
a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from
being scattered all over the world.”
5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were
building. 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the
same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for
them! 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages.
Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”
8 In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped
building the city. 9 That is why the city was called Babel,* because that is
where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way
he scattered them all over the world.
The Line of Descent from Shem to Abram
10 This is the account of Shem’s family.
Two years after the great flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became
the father of* Arphaxad. 11 After the birth of* Arphaxad, Shem lived
another 500 years and had other sons and daughters.
12 When Arphaxad was 35 years old, he became the father of Shelah. 13 After
the birth of Shelah, Arphaxad lived another 403 years and had other
sons and daughters.*
14 When Shelah was 30 years old, he became the father of Eber. 15 After the
birth of Eber, Shelah lived another 403 years and had other sons and
16 When Eber was 34 years old, he became the father of Peleg. 17 After the
1:2 Hebrew Shinar.
11:9 Or Babylon. Babel sounds like a Hebrew term that means “confusion.”
11:10 Or the ancestor of; also in 11:12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24. 11:11 Or the birth of this
ancestor of; also in 11:13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25. 11:1213 Greek version reads 12 When Arphaxad
was 135 years old, he became the father of Cainan. 13After the birth of Cainan, Arphaxad lived another
430 years and had other sons and daughters, and then he died. When Cainan was 130 years old, he became
the father of Shelah. After the birth of Shelah, Cainan lived another 330 years and had other sons and
daughters, and then he died. Compare Luke 3:3536.