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10:13–11:6
G enesis
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Mizraim was the ancestor of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites,
Naphtuhites, Pathrusites, Casluhites, and the Caphtorites, from whom
the Philistines came.
Canaan’s oldest son was Sidon, the ancestor of the Sidonians. Canaan
was also the ancestor of the Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites,
Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. The
Canaanite clans eventually spread out, and the territory of Canaan
extended from Sidon in the north to Gerar and Gaza in the south, and
east as far as Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, near Lasha.
These were the descendants of Ham, identified by clan, language, territory, and national identity.
Sons were also born to Shem, the older brother of Japheth. Shem was
the ancestor of all the descendants of Eber.
The descendants of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram.
The descendants of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash.
Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, and Shelah was the father of Eber.
Eber had two sons. The first was named Peleg (which means “division”),
for during his lifetime the people of the world were divided into
different language groups. His brother’s name was Joktan.
Joktan was the ancestor of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,
Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah,
and Jobab. All these were descendants of Joktan. The territory they
occupied extended from Mesha all the way to Sephar in the eastern
mountains.
These were the descendants of Shem, identified by clan, language, territory, and national identity.
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.
At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used
the same words. As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in
the land of Babylonia and settled there.
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.) 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.”
But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people
were building. “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





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