|Gen 11:1 Now the whole earth spoke one language and used the same words (vocabulary).
|Gen 11:2 And as people journeyed eastward, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and they settled there. [Gen 10:10]
|Gen 11:3 They said one to another, "Come, let us make bricks and fire them thoroughly [in a kiln, to harden and strengthen them]." So they used brick for stone [as building material], and they used tar (bitumen, asphalt) for mortar.
|Gen 11:4 They said, "Come, let us build a city for ourselves, and a tower whose top will reach into the heavens, and let us make a [famous] name for ourselves, so that we will not be scattered [into separate groups] and be dispersed over the surface of the entire earth [as the LORD instructed]." [Gen 9:1]
|Gen 11:5 Now the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
|Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them.
|Gen 11:7 "Come, let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) go down and there confuse and mix up their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech."
|Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the surface of the entire earth; and they stopped building the city.
|Gen 11:9 Therefore the name of the city was Babel--because there the LORD confused the language of the entire earth; and from that place the LORD scattered and dispersed them over the surface of all the earth.
|Gen 11:10 ¶ These are the records of the generations of Shem [from whom Abraham descended]. Shem was a hundred years old when he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the flood.
|Gen 11:11 And Shem lived five hundred years after Arpachshad was born, and he had other sons and daughters.
|Gen 11:12 ¶ When Arpachshad had lived thirty-five years, he became the father of Shelah.
|Gen 11:13 Arpachshad lived four hundred and three years after Shelah was born, and he had other sons and daughters.
|Gen 11:14 ¶ When Shelah had lived thirty years, he became the father of Eber.
|Gen 11:15 Shelah lived four hundred and three years after Eber was born, and he had other sons and daughters.
|Gen 11:16 ¶ When Eber had lived thirty-four years, he became the father of Peleg.
|Gen 11:17 And Eber lived four hundred and thirty years after Peleg was born, and he had other sons and daughters.
|Gen 11:18 ¶ When Peleg had lived thirty years, he became the father of Reu.
|Gen 11:19 And Peleg lived two hundred and nine years after Reu was born, and he had other sons and daughters.
|Gen 11:20 ¶ When Reu had lived thirty-two years, he became the father of Serug.
|Gen 11:21 And Reu lived two hundred and seven years after Serug was born, and he had other sons and daughters.
|Gen 11:22 ¶ When Serug had lived thirty years, he became the father of Nahor.
|Gen 11:23 And Serug lived two hundred years after Nahor was born, and he had other sons and daughters.
|Gen 11:24 ¶ When Nahor had lived twenty-nine years, he became the father of Terah.
|Gen 11:25 And Nahor lived a hundred and nineteen years after Terah was born, and he had other sons and daughters.
|Gen 11:26 ¶ After Terah had lived seventy years, he became the father of Abram and Nahor and Haran [his firstborn].
|Gen 11:27 ¶ Now these are the records of the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram (Abraham), Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.
|Gen 11:28 Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
|Gen 11:29 Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai (later called Sarah), and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah.
|Gen 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she did not have a child.
|Gen 11:31 ¶ Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife; and they went out together to go from Ur of the Chaldeans into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran [about five hundred and fifty miles northwest of Ur], they settled there.
|Gen 11:32 Terah lived two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.