1. The whole world had one language and a common speech.

2. As people moved from east, they found a plain in the country of Shinar where they settled.

3. They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and bake them in fire." They used brick for stone and bitumen for mortar.

4. They said also, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top reaching heaven; so that we may become a great people and not be scattered over the face of the earth!"

5. Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower that the sons of man were building,

6. and Yahweh said, "They are one people and they have one language. If they carry this through, nothing they decide to do from now on will be impossible.

7. Come! Let us go down and confuse their language so that they will no longer understand each other."

8. So Yahweh scattered them over all the earth and they stopped building the city.

9. That is why it was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of the whole earth and from there Yahweh scattered them over the whole face of the earth.

10. These are Shem's descendants: When Shem was a hundred years old he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the flood. After the birth of Arpachshad,

11. Shem lived five hundred years and he had more sons and daughters.

12. When Arpachshad was thirty-five years old he became the father of Shelah.

13. After the birth of Shelah, Arpachshad lived four hundred and three years and he had more sons and daughters.

14. When Shelah was thirty years old he became the father of Eber. After the birth of Eber,

15. Shelah lived four hundred and three years and he had more sons and daughters.

16. When Eber was thirty-four years old he became the father of Peleg. After the birth of Peleg,

17. Eber lived four hundred and thirty years and he had more sons and daughters.

18. When Peleg was thirty years old he became the father of Reu;

19. Peleg lived two hundred and nine years and he had more sons and daughters.

20. When Reu was thirty-two years old he became the father of Serug;

21. Reu lived two hundred and seven years and he had more sons and daughters.

22. When Serug was thirty years old he became the father of Nahor. After the birth of Nahor,

23. Serug lived two hundred years and he had more sons and daughters.

24. When Nahor was twenty-nine years old he became the father of Terah. After the birth of Terah,

25. Nahor lived a hundred and nineteen years and he had more sons and daughters.

26. When Terah was seventy years old he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

27. These are Terah's descendants: Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. Haran became the father of Lot.

28. Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, Ur of the Chaldeans.

29. Abram and Nahor both married: Abram's wife was called Sarai; Nahor's wife was called Milcah, the daughter of Haran, father of Milcah and Iscah.

30. Sarai was barren, having no child.

31. Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law, the wife of Abram, and made them leave Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. But on arrival in Haran they settled there.

32. Terah lived two hundred and five years; then he died in Haran.



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