“God Turned Their Language into ‘Babble’ ” 11 1At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language. 2It so happened that as they moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down. 3They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and fire them well.” They used brick for stone and tar for mortar. 4Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let’s make ourselves famous so we won’t be scattered here and there across the Earth.” 5God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built. 6God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next—they’ll stop at nothing! 7Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.” 8Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city. 9That’s how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into “babble.” From there God scattered them all over the world. 10This is the story of Shem. When Shem was 100 years old, he had Arphaxad. It was two years after the flood. 11After he had Arphaxad, he lived 500 more years and had other sons and daughters. 12When Arphaxad was thirty–five years old, he had Shelah. 13After Arphaxad had Shelah, he lived 403 more years and had other sons and daughters. 14When Shelah was thirty years old, he had Eber. 15After Shelah had Eber, he lived 430 more years and had other sons and daughters. 16When Eber was thirty–four years old, he had Peleg. 17After Eber had Peleg, he lived 403 more years and had other sons and daughters. 18When Peleg was thirty years old, he had Reu. 19After he had Reu, he lived 209 more years and had other sons and daughters. 20When Reu was thirty–two years old, he had Serug. 21After Reu had Serug, he lived 207 more years and had other sons and daughters. 22When Serug was thirty years old, he had Nahor. 23After Serug had Nahor, he lived 200 more years and had other sons and daughters. 24When Nahor was twenty–nine years old, he had Terah. 25After Nahor had Terah, he lived 119 more years and had other sons and daughters. 26When Terah was seventy years old, he had Abram, Nahor, and Haran. The Family Tree of Terah 27This is the story of Terah. Terah had Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran had Lot. 28Haran died before his father, Terah, in the country of his family, Ur of the Chaldees. 29Abram and Nahor each got married. Abram’s wife was Sarai; Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of his brother Haran. Haran had two daughters, Milcah and Iscah. 30Sarai was barren; she had no children. 31Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (Haran’s son), and Sarai his daughter–in–law (his son Abram’s wife) and set out with them from Ur of the Chaldees for the land of Canaan. But when they got as far as Haran, they settled down there. 32Terah lived 205 years. He died in Haran.
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