Genesis 11

Gen 11:1 At first everyone spoke the same language,
Gen 11:2 but after some of them moved from the east and settled in Babylonia,
Gen 11:3 they said: Let's build a city with a tower that reaches to the sky! We'll use hard bricks and tar instead of stone and mortar. We'll become famous, and we won't be scattered all over the world.
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Gen 11:5 But when the LORD came down to look at the city and the tower,
Gen 11:6 he said: These people are working together because they all speak the same language. This is just the beginning. Soon they will be able to do anything they want.
Gen 11:7 Come on! Let's go down and confuse them by making them speak different languages--then they won't be able to understand each other.
Gen 11:8 So the people had to stop building the city, because the LORD confused their language and scattered them all over the earth. That's how the city of Babel got its name.
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Gen 11:10 Two years after the flood, when Shem was one hundred, he had a son named Arpachshad. He had more children and died at the age of six hundred. This is a list of his descendants:
Gen 11:11 (SEE 11:10)
Gen 11:12 When Arpachshad was thirty-five, he had a son named Shelah.
Gen 11:13 Arpachshad had more children and died at the age of four hundred thirty-eight.
Gen 11:14 When Shelah was thirty, he had a son named Eber.
Gen 11:15 Shelah had more children and died at the age of four hundred thirty-three.
Gen 11:16 When Eber was thirty-four, he had a son named Peleg.
Gen 11:17 Eber had more children and died at the age of four hundred sixty-four.
Gen 11:18 When Peleg was thirty, he had a son named Reu.
Gen 11:19 Peleg had more children and died at the age of two hundred thirty-nine.
Gen 11:20 When Reu was thirty-two he had a son named Serug.
Gen 11:21 Reu had more children and died at the age of two hundred thirty-nine.
Gen 11:22 When Serug was thirty, he had a son named Nahor.
Gen 11:23 Serug had more children and died at the age of two hundred thirty.
Gen 11:24 When Nahor was twenty-nine, he had a son named Terah.
Gen 11:25 Nahor had more children and died at the age of one hundred forty-eight.
Gen 11:26 After Terah was seventy years old, he had three sons: Abram, Nahor, and Haran, who became the father of Lot. Terah's sons were born in the city of Ur in Chaldea, and Haran died there before the death of his father. The following is the story of Terah's descendants.
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Gen 11:28 (SEE 11:26)
Gen 11:29 Abram married Sarai, but she was not able to have any children. And Nahor married Milcah, who was the daughter of Haran and the sister of Iscah.
Gen 11:30 (SEE 11:29)
Gen 11:31 Terah decided to move from Ur to the land of Canaan. He took along Abram and Sarai and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran. But when they came to the city of Haran, they decided to settle there instead.
Gen 11:32 Terah lived to be two hundred five years old and died in Haran.



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