11 1 ˻After the flood,˼ the whole world spoke one language. All people used the same words. 2 People moved from the East. They found a plain in the country of Shinar. The people stayed there to live. 3 The 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. 4 Then 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.” 5 The Lord came down to see the city and the very tall building. The Lord saw the people building these things. 6 The 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. 7 So let’s go down and confuse their language. Then they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord caused the people to spread all over the earth. So the people did not finish building the city. 9 That 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. 10 This is the story of Shem’s family. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, his son Arphaxad was born. 11 After that Shem lived 500 years. He had other sons and daughters. 12 When Arphaxad was 35 years old, his son Shelah was born. 13 After Shelah was born, Arphaxad lived 403 years. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 14 After Shelah was 30 years old, his son Eber was born. 15 After Eber was born, Shelah lived 403 years. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 16 After Eber was 34 years old, his son Peleg was born. 17 After Peleg was born, Eber lived 430 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 18 After Peleg was 30 years old, his son Reu was born. 19 After Reu was born, Peleg lived 209 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 20 After Reu was 32 years old, his son Serug was born. 21 After Serug was born, Reu lived 207 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 22 After Serug was 30 years old, his son Nahor was born. 23 After Nahor was born, Serug lived 200 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 24 After Nahor was 29 years old, his son Terah was born. 25 After Terah was born, Nahor lived 119 years more. During that time he had other sons and daughters. 26 After Terah was 70 years old, his sons Abram, Nahor, and Haran were born. 27 This is the story of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran was the father of Lot. 28 Haran died in his home town, Ur of Babylonia, while his father Terah was still alive. 29 Abram 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. 30 Sarai did not have any children because she was not able to have children. 31 Terah 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. 32 Terah lived to be 205 years old. He died in Haran.
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