1The whole world spoke the same language, with the same vocabulary. 2Now, as people moved eastwards they found a valley in the land of Shinar where they settled. 3They said to one another, 'Come, let us make bricks and bake them in the fire.' For stone they usedbricks, and for mortar they used bitumen. 4'Come,' they said, 'let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top reaching heaven. Let us makea name for ourselves, so that we do not get scattered all over the world.' 5Now Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower that the people had built. 6'So they are al a single people with a single language!' said Yahweh. 'This is only the start of theirundertakings! Now nothing they plan to do wil be beyond them. 7Come, let us go down and confuse their language there, so that they cannot understand one another.' 8Yahweh scattered them thence all over the world, and they stopped building the city. 9That is why it was cal ed Babel, since there Yahweh confused the language of the whole world, andfrom there Yahweh scattered them al over the world. 10These are Shem's descendants: When Shem was a hundred years old he fathered Arpachshad, twoyears after the flood. 11After the birth of Arpachshad, Shem lived five hundred years and fathered sons and daughters. 12When Arpachshad was thirty-five years old he fathered Shelah. 13After the birth of Shelah, Arpachshad lived four hundred and three years and fathered sons anddaughters. 14When Shelah was thirty years old he fathered Eber. 15After the birth of Eber, Shelah lived four hundred and three years and fathered sons and daughters. 16When Eber was thirty-four years old he fathered Peleg. 17After the birth of Peleg, Eber lived four hundred and thirty years and fathered sons and daughters. 18When Peleg was thirty years old he fathered Reu. 19After the birth of Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years and fathered sons and daughters. 20When Reu was thirty-two years old he fathered Serug. 21After the birth of Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years and fathered sons and daughters. 22When Serug was thirty years old he fathered Nahor. 23After the birth of Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years and fathered sons and daughters. 24When Nahor was twenty-nine years old he fathered Terah. 25After the birth of Terah, Nahor lived a hundred and nineteen years and fathered sons and daughters. 26When Terah was seventy years old he fathered Abram, Nahor and Haran. 27These are Terah's descendants: Terah fathered Abram, Nahor and Haran. Haran fathered Lot. 28Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in his native land, Ur of the Chaldaeans. 29Abram and Nahor both married: Abram's wife was cal ed Sarai, Nahor's wife was called Milcahdaughter of Haran, father of Milcah and Iscah. 30Sarai was barren, having no child. 31Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law the wife ofAbram, and made them leave Ur of the Chaldaeans to go to the land of Canaan. But on arrival in Haran theysettled there. 32Terah's life lasted two hundred and five years; then he died at Haran.
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