1The whole earth was of one language and of one speech.
2It came to pass as they traveled east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and they lived there.
3They said one to another, “Come, let’s make bricks, yes, bricks, and burn, yes, burn them.” They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.
4They said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower whose top reaches to the heavens, and let’s make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth.”
5Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower that the children of men built.
6Yahweh said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them that they intend to do.
7Come, let’s go down there and confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
8So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city.
9Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.
10This is the history of the descendants of Shem. Shem was 100 years old and fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood.
11Shem lived 500 years after he fathered Arpachshad and fathered sons and daughters.
12Arpachshad lived 35 years and fathered Shelah.
13Arpachshad lived 403 years after he fathered Shelah and he fathered sons and daughters.
14Shelah lived 30 years and fathered Eber;
15and Shelah lived 403 years after he fathered Eber and fathered sons and daughters.
16Eber lived 34 years and fathered Peleg.
17Eber lived 430 years after he fathered Peleg and fathered sons and daughters.
18Peleg lived 30 years and fathered Reu.
19Peleg lived 209 years after he fathered Reu and fathered sons and daughters.
20Reu lived 32 years and fathered Serug.
21Reu lived 207 years after he fathered Serug and fathered sons and daughters.
22Serug lived 30 years and fathered Nahor.
23Serug lived 200 years after he fathered Nahor and fathered sons and daughters.
24Nahor lived 29 years and fathered Terah.
25Nahor lived 119 years after he fathered Terah and fathered sons and daughters.
26Terah lived 70 years and fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27Now this is the history of the descendants of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran fathered Lot.
28Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldees.
29Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran who also was the father of Iscah.
30Sarai was barren. She had no child.
31Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife. They went from Ur of the Chaldees to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there.
32The days of Terah were 205 years. Terah died in Haran.