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Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath 1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so.8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so.12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good.13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.14And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.16God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.17God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth,18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.20And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.”21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good.22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so.25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”27So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”29God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.Chapter 21Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude.2And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.4These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. Another Account of the Creation In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,5when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground;6but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground—7then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.8And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.9Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.10A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches.11The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;12and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.13The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush.14The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.15The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”18Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”19So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.20The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner.21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.22And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.23Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.”24Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.25And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.Chapter 3The First Sin and Its Punishment 1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?”2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’ ”4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die;5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.8They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.9But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”10He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”13Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”14The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”16To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”17And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”20The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.21And the Lord God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.22Then the Lord God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—23therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.24He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.Chapter 4Cain Murders Abel 1Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.”2Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground.3In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground,4and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering,5but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.6The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?7If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”8Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him.9Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?”10And the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground!11And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.12When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”13Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear!14Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.”15Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him.16Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.Beginnings of Civilization 17Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city, and named it Enoch after his son Enoch.18To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael the father of Methushael, and Methushael the father of Lamech.19Lamech took two wives; the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.20Adah bore Jabal; he was the ancestor of those who live in tents and have livestock.21His brother's name was Jubal; he was the ancestor of all those who play the lyre and pipe.22Zillah bore Tubal-cain, who made all kinds of bronze and iron tools. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.23Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me.24If Cain is avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”25Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, because Cain killed him.”26To Seth also a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to invoke the name of the Lord.Chapter 5Adam's Descendants to Noah and His Sons 1This is the list of the descendants of Adam. When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God.2Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them “Humankind” when they were created.3When Adam had lived one hundred thirty years, he became the father of a son in his likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.4The days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years; and he had other sons and daughters.5Thus all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred thirty years; and he died.6When Seth had lived one hundred five years, he became the father of Enosh.7Seth lived after the birth of Enosh eight hundred seven years, and had other sons and daughters.8Thus all the days of Seth were nine hundred twelve years; and he died.9When Enosh had lived ninety years, he became the father of Kenan.10Enosh lived after the birth of Kenan eight hundred fifteen years, and had other sons and daughters.11Thus all the days of Enosh were nine hundred five years; and he died.12When Kenan had lived seventy years, he became the father of Mahalalel.13Kenan lived after the birth of Mahalalel eight hundred and forty years, and had other sons and daughters.14Thus all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.15When Mahalalel had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Jared.16Mahalalel lived after the birth of Jared eight hundred thirty years, and had other sons and daughters.17Thus all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred ninety-five years; and he died.18When Jared had lived one hundred sixty-two years he became the father of Enoch.19Jared lived after the birth of Enoch eight hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.20Thus all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty-two years; and he died.21When Enoch had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Methuselah.22Enoch walked with God after the birth of Methuselah three hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.23Thus all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years.24Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.25When Methuselah had lived one hundred eighty-seven years, he became the father of Lamech.26Methuselah lived after the birth of Lamech seven hundred eighty-two years, and had other sons and daughters.27Thus all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty-nine years; and he died.28When Lamech had lived one hundred eighty-two years, he became the father of a son;29he named him Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the toil of our hands.”30Lamech lived after the birth of Noah five hundred ninety-five years, and had other sons and daughters.31Thus all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy-seven years; and he died.32After Noah was five hundred years old, Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.Chapter 6The Wickedness of Humankind 1When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them,2the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose.3Then the Lord said, “My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred twenty years.”4The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.5The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.6And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.7So the Lord said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created—people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”8But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord.Noah Pleases God 9These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God.10And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.11Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence.12And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth.13And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth.14Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.15This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.16Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and put the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks.17For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die.18But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.19And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.20Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive.21Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.”22Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.Chapter 7The Great Flood 1Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.2Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate;3and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth.4For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”5And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.6Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came on the earth.7And Noah with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood.8Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground,9two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah.10And after seven days the waters of the flood came on the earth.11In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.12The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.13On the very same day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark,14they and every wild animal of every kind, and all domestic animals of every kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every bird of every kind—every bird, every winged creature.15They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.16And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.17The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.18The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters.19The waters swelled so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered;20the waters swelled above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep.21And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings;22everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.23He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, human beings and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.24And the waters swelled on the earth for one hundred fifty days.Chapter 8The Flood Subsides 1But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided;2the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,3and the waters gradually receded from the earth. At the end of one hundred fifty days the waters had abated;4and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.5The waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.6At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made7and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.8Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground;9but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him.10He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark;11and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.12Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.13In the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying.14In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.15Then God said to Noah,16“Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you.17Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”18So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives.19And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families.God's Promise to Noah 20Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.21And when the Lord smelled the pleasing odor, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.22As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”Chapter 9The Covenant with Noah 1God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.2The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish of the sea; into your hand they are delivered.3Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.4Only, you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.5For your own lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning: from every animal I will require it and from human beings, each one for the blood of another, I will require a reckoning for human life.6Whoever sheds the blood of a human, by a human shall that person's blood be shed; for in his own image God made humankind.7And you, be fruitful and multiply, abound on the earth and multiply in it.”8Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,9“As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:13I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,15I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.16When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”17God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”Noah and His Sons 18The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan.19These three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was peopled.20Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard.21He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he lay uncovered in his tent.22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.23Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness.24When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,25he said, “Cursed be Canaan; lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers.”26He also said, “Blessed by the Lord my God be Shem; and let Canaan be his slave.27May God make space for Japheth, and let him live in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his slave.”28After the flood Noah lived three hundred fifty years.29All the days of Noah were nine hundred fifty years; and he died.Chapter 10Nations Descended from Noah 1These are the descendants of Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth; children were born to them after the flood.2The descendants of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.3The descendants of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.4The descendants of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.5From these the coastland peoples spread. These are the descendants of Japheth in their lands, with their own language, by their families, in their nations.6The descendants of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan.7The descendants of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The descendants of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.8Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first on earth to become a mighty warrior.9He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.”10The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, and Accad, all of them in the land of Shinar.11From that land he went into Assyria, and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah, and12Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.13Egypt became the father of Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim,14Pathrusim, Casluhim, and Caphtorim, from which the Philistines come.15Canaan became the father of Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,16and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites,17the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites,18the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.19And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon, in the direction of Gerar, as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.20These are the descendants of Ham, by their families, their languages, their lands, and their nations.21To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, children were born.22The descendants of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.23The descendants of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash.24Arpachshad became the father of Shelah; and Shelah became the father of Eber.25To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother's name was Joktan.26Joktan became the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,27Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,28Obal, Abimael, Sheba,29Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the descendants of Joktan.30The territory in which they lived extended from Mesha in the direction of Sephar, the hill country of the east.31These are the descendants of Shem, by their families, their languages, their lands, and their nations.32These are the families of Noah's sons, according to their genealogies, in their nations; and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.Chapter 11The Tower of Babel 1Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.2And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.3And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”5The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built.6And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.7Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another's speech.”8So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.9Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.Descendants of Shem 10These are the descendants of Shem. When Shem was one hundred years old, he became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood;11and Shem lived after the birth of Arpachshad five hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.12When Arpachshad had lived thirty-five years, he became the father of Shelah;13and Arpachshad lived after the birth of Shelah four hundred three years, and had other sons and daughters.14When Shelah had lived thirty years, he became the father of Eber;15and Shelah lived after the birth of Eber four hundred three years, and had other sons and daughters.16When Eber had lived thirty-four years, he became the father of Peleg;17and Eber lived after the birth of Peleg four hundred thirty years, and had other sons and daughters.18When Peleg had lived thirty years, he became the father of Reu;19and Peleg lived after the birth of Reu two hundred nine years, and had other sons and daughters.20When Reu had lived thirty-two years, he became the father of Serug;21and Reu lived after the birth of Serug two hundred seven years, and had other sons and daughters.22When Serug had lived thirty years, he became the father of Nahor;23and Serug lived after the birth of Nahor two hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.24When Nahor had lived twenty-nine years, he became the father of Terah;25and Nahor lived after the birth of Terah one hundred nineteen years, and had other sons and daughters.26When Terah had lived seventy years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.Descendants of Terah 27Now these are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.28Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, 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. She was the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah.30Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.31Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there.32The days of Terah were two hundred five years; and Terah died in Haran.