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11 And all the earth had the same speech and the same words. 2 And as they moved along in the East they found a river-bottom in the country of Shinear and lived there. 3 And they said to each other “Come on, let us make bricks and burn them hard,” and had bricks for stone and asphalt for mortar, 4 and said “Come on, let us build us a city and a tower with its top in the sky and make a name for ourselves, for fear we should scatter all over the earth.” 5 And Jehovah came down to see the city and tower that the sons of men had been building; 6 and Jehovah said “Here they are one people and all have the same speech, and this is what they do to begin with; now nothing that they design to do will be impossible to them. 7 Come on, let us go down and mix up their speech there, so that they shall not understand each other’s speech”; 8 and Jehovah scattered them from there all over the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 * For this reason it is named Babylon, because there Jehovah mixed up the speech of all the earth, and from there Jehovah scattered them all over the earth. 10 ** This is Shem’s line. Shem, a hundred years old, begot Arpacshad two years after the Deluge. 11 * And after Shem begot Arpacshad he lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 12 ** And Arpacshad lived sixty-five years and begot Shelah; 13 * and after Arpacshad begot Shelah he lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters. 14 And Shelah lived thirty years and begot ʽEber; 15 * and after Shelah begot ʽEber he lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters. 16 And ʽEber lived thirty-four years and begot Peleg; 17 and after ʽEber begot Peleg he lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters. 18 And Peleg lived thirty years and begot Reghu; 19 and after Peleg begot Reghu he lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters. 20 And Reghu lived thirty-two years and begot Serug; 21 and after Reghu begot Serug he lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters. 22 And Serug lived thirty years and begot Nahor; 23 and after Serug begot Nahor he lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 24 And Nahor lived twenty-nine years and begot Terah; 25 and after Nahor begot Terah he lived a hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters. 26 And Terah lived seventy years and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. 27 This is Terah’s line. Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. And Haran begot Lot; 28 and Haran died in his native country, in Ur of the Chaldeans, while his father Terah was head of the family. 29 And Abram and Nahor married: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s was Milcah, daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and of Iscah; 30 but Sarai was barren, had no child. 31 * And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot the son of Haran and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and went out from Ur of the Chaldeans with them to go to the country of Canaan; and he came to Harran and stayed there. 32 And Terah lived to the age of two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Harran.
^ 11:9 The name of Babylon, if it were Hebrew, would seem to mean mixing
^ 11:10-26 Ancient copies vary in the numbers
^ 11:10 Or Caldea
^ 11:11 Or Caldea
^ 11:12 Or Caldea
^ 11:12 Var. Kenan
^ 11:13 Var. Kenan and at end of verse And Kenan lived a hundred and thirty years and begot Shelah; and Kenan lived three hundred and thirty years after he begot Shelah, and begot sons and daughters
^ 11:15 Codd. four hundred and three
^ 11:31 Var. he brought them out from Ur of the Caldeans Var. they went out from Ur of the Caldeans with them