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  • 1.Mose 11

The Tower of Babel

111Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.

2And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in zthe land of Shinar and settled there.

10:10; 14:1, 9; Isa. 11:11; Dan. 1:2; Zech. 5:11

3And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, aand bitumen for mortar.

14:10; Ex. 2:3

4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower bwith its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

Deut. 1:28

5And cthe Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.

18:21

6And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.

7Come, dlet us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one anothers speech.”

1:26; [Ps. 2:4]

8So ethe Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.

10:25, 32; Luke 1:51

9Therefore its name was called fBabel, because there the Lord confused1 the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

10:10

Babel sounds like the Hebrew for confused

Shems Descendants

10gThese are the generations of Shem. When Shem was 100 years old, he fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood.

[10:22]; For 10-26, see 1 Chr. 1:17-27

11And Shem lived after he fathered Arpachshad 500 years and had other sons and daughters.

12When Arpachshad had lived 35 years, he fathered Shelah.

13And Arpachshad lived after he fathered Shelah 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

14When Shelah had lived 30 years, he fathered Eber.

15And Shelah lived after he fathered Eber 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

16When Eber had lived 34 years, he fathered Peleg.

17And Eber lived after he fathered Peleg 430 years and had other sons and daughters.

18When Peleg had lived 30 years, he fathered Reu.

19And Peleg lived after he fathered Reu 209 years and had other sons and daughters.

20When Reu had lived 32 years, he fathered Serug.

21And Reu lived after he fathered Serug 207 years and had other sons and daughters.

22When Serug had lived 30 years, he fathered Nahor.

23And Serug lived after he fathered Nahor 200 years and had other sons and daughters.

24When hNahor had lived 29 years, he fathered Terah.

Josh. 24:2

25And Nahor lived after he fathered Terah 119 years and had other sons and daughters.

26When hTerah had lived 70 years, he fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

[See 24 above]

Terahs Descendants

27Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.

28Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

29And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abrams wife was iSarai, and the name of Nahors wife, jMilcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah.

22:20

17:15

30Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.

31Terah ktook Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abrams wife, and they went forth together lfrom Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.

15:7; Josh. 24:2; Neh. 9:7; Acts 7:2, 4

12:1

32The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran.