The Tower of Babel. * 1The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words. 2While men were migrating in the east, they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar* and settled there. 3They said to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky,* and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.”

5The LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men had built. 6Then the LORD said: “If now, while they are one people, all speaking the same language, they have started to do this, nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do. 7Let us then go down and there confuse their language, so that one will not understand what another says.” 8Thus the LORD scattered them from there all over the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9That is why it was called Babel,* because there the LORD confused the speech of all the world. It was from that place that he scattered them all over the earth.

The Line from Shem to Abraham. * 10 g 10–26: 1 Chr 1, 24–27; Lk 3, 34ff . This is the record of the descendants of Shem. When Shem was one hundred years old, he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the flood. 11Shem lived five hundred years after the birth of Arpachshad, and he had other sons and daughters.

12When Arpachshad was thirty‐five years old, he became the father of Shelah.* 13Arpachshad lived four hundred and three years after the birth of Shelah, and he had other sons and daughters.

14When Shelah was thirty years old, he became the father of Eber. 15Shelah lived four hundred and three years after the birth of Eber, and he had other sons and daughters.

16When Eber* was thirty‐four years old, he became the father of Peleg. 17Eber lived four hundred and thirty years after the birth of Peleg, and he had other sons and daughters.

18When Peleg was thirty years old, he became the father of Reu. 19Peleg lived two hundred and nine years after the birth of Reu, and he had other sons and daughters.

20When Reu was thirty‐two years old, he became the father of Serug. 21Reu lived two hundred and seven years after the birth of Serug, and he had other sons and daughters.

22When Serug was thirty years old, he became the father of Nahor. 23Serug lived two hundred years after the birth of Nahor, and he had other sons and daughters.

24When Nahor was twenty‐nine years old, he became the father of Terah. 25Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years after the birth of Terah, and he had other sons and daughters.

26When Terah was seventy years old, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. h Jos 24, 2; 1 Chr 1, 27 .

Terah. 27This is the record of the descendants of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran, and Haran became the father of Lot. 28Haran died before his father Terah, in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.* 29Abram and Nahor took wives; the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. i Gn 17, 15; 20, 12 . 30Sarai was barren; she had no child.

31Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot, son of Haran, and his daughter‐in‐law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and brought them out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to go to the land of Canaan.* But when they reached Haran, they settled there. j Jos 24, 3; Neh 9, 7; Jdt 5, 6–9; Acts 7, 4 . 32The lifetime of Terah was two hundred and five years; then Terah died in Haran.*

Notes:

g: 10–26: 1 Chr 1, 24–27; Lk 3, 34ff .

h: Jos 24, 2; 1 Chr 1, 27 .

i: Gn 17, 15; 20, 12 .

j: Jos 24, 3; Neh 9, 7; Jdt 5, 6–9; Acts 7, 4 .