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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 11

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1 THERE was a time when all the world spoke a single language and used the same a 11:1 the same: or few. words. 2As people journeyed in the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3They said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them hard’; they used bricks for stone and bitumen for mortar. 4Then they said, ‘Let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens and make a name for ourselves, or we shall be dispersed over the face of the earth.’ 5The LORD came down to see the city and tower which they had built, 6and he said, ‘Here they are, one people with a single language, and now they have started to do this; from now on nothing they have a mind to do will be beyond their reach. 7Come, let us go down there and confuse their language, so that they will not understand what they say to one another.’ 8So the LORD dispersed them from there all over the earth, and they left off building the city. 9That is why it is called Babel b 11:9 Babel: that is Babylon. , because there the LORD made a babble of the language of the whole world. It was from that place the LORD scattered people over the face of the earth.

10These are the descendants of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old when he begot Arphaxad, two years after the flood. 11After the birth of Arphaxad he lived five hundred years, and had other sons and daughters. 12Arphaxad was thirty-five years old when he begot Shelah. 13After the birth of Shelah he lived four hundred and three years, and had other sons and daughters.

14Shelah was thirty years old when he begot Eber. 15After the birth of Eber he lived four hundred and three years, and had other sons and daughters.

16Eber was thirty-four years old when he begot Peleg. 17After the birth of Peleg he lived four hundred and thirty years, and had other sons and daughters.

18Peleg was thirty years old when he begot Reu. 19After the birth of Reu he lived two hundred and nine years, and had other sons and daughters.

20Reu was thirty-two years old when he begot Serug. 21After the birth of Serug he lived two hundred and seven years, and had other sons and daughters.

22Serug was thirty years old when he begot Nahor. 23After the birth of Nahor he lived two hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.

24Nahor was twenty-nine years old when he begot Terah. 25After the birth of Terah he lived a hundred and nineteen years, and had other sons and daughters.

26Terah was seventy years old when he begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

27These are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran was Lot's father. 28Haran died in the land of his birth, Ur of the Chaldees, during his father's lifetime. 29Abram and Nahor married wives; Abram's wife was called Sarai, and Nahor's Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran, father of Milcah and Iscah. 30Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, Abram's wife, and they set out from Ur of the Chaldees for Canaan. But when they reached Harran, they settled there. 32Terah was two hundred and five c 11:32 two hundred and five: or, with Samar., one hundred and forty-five. years old when he died in Harran.

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a 11:1 the same: or few.

b 11:9 Babel: that is Babylon.

c 11:32 two hundred and five: or, with Samar., one hundred and forty-five.

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