New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 11:1-32

The Tower of Babel

1The whole world had only one language, and everyone spoke it. 2They moved to the east and found a broad valley in Babylon. There they made their home.

3They said to one another, “Come on! Let’s make bricks and bake them well.” They used bricks instead of stones. They used tar to hold the bricks together. 4Then they said, “Come on! Let’s build a city for ourselves. Let’s build a tower that reaches to the sky. We’ll make a name for ourselves. Then we won’t be scattered over the whole earth.”

5But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6He said, “All these people are united and speak the same language. That is why they can do all this. Now they will be able to do anything they plan. 7Come on! Let us go down and mix up their language. Then they will not be able to understand one another.”

8So the Lord scattered them from there over the whole earth. And they stopped building the city. 9There the Lord mixed up the language of the whole world. That’s why the city was called Babel. From there the Lord scattered them over the whole earth.

The Family Line of Shem

10Here is the story of Shem’s family line.

It was two years after the flood. When Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad. 11After Arphaxad was born, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.

12When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 13After Shelah was born, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

14When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 15After Eber was born, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

16When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 17After Peleg was born, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.

18When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 19After Reu was born, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.

20When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 21After Serug was born, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.

22When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 23After Nahor was born, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.

24When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 25After Terah was born, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.

26After Terah was 70 years old, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

The Family Line of Abram

27Here is the story of Terah’s family line.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28Haran died in the city of Ur in Babylonia, the land where he was born. Haran died while his father Terah was still alive. 29Abram and Nahor both got married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai. The name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah, the daughter of Haran. Haran was the father of Milkah and Iscah. 30But Sarai wasn’t able to have children.

31Terah left Ur in Babylon. He took with him his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran. Terah also took his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram. All of them left together to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they made their home there.

32Terah lived for 205 years. And then he died in Harran.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 11:1-32

Babel Abantenten

1Bere bi, na nnipa a wɔwɔ asase so nyinaa ka kasa koro. 2Saa nnipa yi tu baa apuei fam no, wɔbɛtoo asase tamaa wɔ Babilonia asase so, na wɔtenaa hɔ.

3Wosisee wɔn ho wɔn ho se, “Momma yentwa ntayaa na yɛnto mma ɛmmen yiye.” Na wɔde ntayaa ne ama na esi adan. 4Na wɔkae bio se, “Momma yɛnkyekye kurow kɛse, na yensi abantenten a ne sorɔnsorɔmmea du ɔsorosoro wɔ kurow no mu, na yennye din, na yɛanhwete wɔ asase so.”

5Awurade sian fii ɔsoro baa fam, behuu kurow kɛse a wɔrekyekyere no ne abantenten a wɔresi no. 6Awurade kae se, “Sɛ nnipa koro a wɔka kasa baako afi ase redi saa dwuma yi a, ɛno de biribiara a wɔbɔ wɔn tirim sɛ wɔbɛyɛ no renyɛ wɔn den. 7Mommra na yɛnkɔ asase so, na yɛnkɔtoto wɔn kasa, na obiara nnya ne kasa, sɛnea obiara nte ne yɔnko kasa.”

8Ɛnam eyi so maa Awurade hwetee nnipa no nyinaa mu ma wɔpetee asase so nyinaa, maa wogyaee kurow kɛse no kyekyere. 9Ɛno nti na wɔfrɛɛ kurow kɛse no Babel,11.9 Din Babel no kyerɛ basabasa wɔ Hebri kasa mu. efisɛ, ɛhɔ na Awurade totoo kasa baako a na wɔka wɔ wiase nyinaa saa bere no, maa wɔn kasa ahorow. Efi hɔ na Awurade hwetee nnipa no nyinaa mu ma wɔpetee asase so nyinaa.

Sem Awo Ntoatoaso

10Eyi ne Sem asefo ho asɛm.

Nsuyiri no akyi, mfe abien no a na Sem adi mfe ɔha no, ɔwoo Arfaksad. 11Sem woo Arfaksad akyi no ɔtenaa ase mfe ahannum, wowoo mmabarima ne mmabea bi nso kaa ho.

12Arfaksad nso dii mfe aduasa anum no, ɔwoo Sela. 13Arfaksad woo Sela akyi no ɔtenaa ase mfe ahannan ne abiɛsa, wowoo mmabarima ne mmabea bi nso kaa ho.

14Sela dii mfe aduasa no, ɔwoo Eber. 15Sela woo Eber akyi no ɔtenaa ase mfe ahannan ne abiɛsa, wowoo mmabarima ne mmabea bi nso kaa ho.

16Eber dii mfe aduasa anan no, ɔwoo Peleg. 17Eber woo Peleg akyi no ɔtenaa ase mfe ahannan ne aduasa, wowoo mmabarima ne mmabea bi nso kaa ho.

18Peleg dii mfe aduasa no, ɔwoo Reu. 19Peleg woo Reu akyi no ɔtenaa ase mfe ahannu ne akron, wowoo mmabarima ne mmabea bi nso kaa ho.

20Reu dii mfe aduasa abien no, ɔwoo Serug. 21Reu woo Serug akyi no ɔtenaa ase mfe ahannu ne ason, wowoo mmabarima ne mmabea bi nso kaa ho.

22Serug dii mfe aduasa no, ɔwoo Nahor. 23Serug woo Nahor akyi no ɔtenaa ase mfe ahannu wowoo mmabarima ne mmabea bi nso kaa ho.

24Nahor dii mfe aduonu akron no, ɔwoo Tera. 25Nahor woo Tera akyi no ɔtenaa ase mfe ɔha ne dunkron, wowoo mmabarima ne mmabea bi nso kaa ho.

26Tera dii mfe aduɔson no, ɔwoo Abram, Nahor ne Haran.

Tera Asefo

27Eyi ne Tera asefo ho asɛm.

Tera woo Abram, Nahor ne Haran. Na Haran woo Lot. 28Bere a Haran agya Tera te ase no, Haran wuu wɔ faako a wɔwoo no a wɔfrɛ hɔ Ur, a ɛwɔ Kaldea asase so no. 29Abram ne Nahor warewaree. Na Abram yere din de Sarai, na Nahor nso yere din de Milka a na ɔyɛ Haran babea. Saa Haran yi na ɔwoo Milka ne Iska. 30Na Sarai yɛ obonin; na onni ba.

31Tera faa ne babarima Abram ne ne nena Lot, a ɔyɛ Haran babarima ne nʼasebea Sarai, a na ɔyɛ ne babarima Abram yere no, ne wɔn nyinaa sii mu fii Ur a ɛwɔ Kaldea asase so sɛ wɔrekɔ Kanaan asase so. Na woduu Haran no, wɔtenaa hɔ.

32Tera dii mfe ahannu ne anum, na owui wɔ Haran.