New International Version

Genesis 11

The Tower of Babel

1Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there.

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

From Shem to Abram

10 This is the account of Shem’s family line.

Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father[d] of Arphaxad. 11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.

12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.[e]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abram’s Family

27 This is the account of Terah’s family line.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.

31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.

32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 11:2 Or from the east; or in the east
  2. Genesis 11:2 That is, Babylonia
  3. Genesis 11:9 That is, Babylon; Babel sounds like the Hebrew for confused.
  4. Genesis 11:10 Father may mean ancestor; also in verses 11-25.
  5. Genesis 11:13 Hebrew; Septuagint (see also Luke 3:35, 36 and note at Gen. 10:24) 35 years, he became the father of Cainan. 13 And after he became the father of Cainan, Arphaxad lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters, and then he died. When Cainan had lived 130 years, he became the father of Shelah. And after he became the father of Shelah, Cainan lived 330 years and had other sons and daughters

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 11

巴别塔

1那时,天下人都用同一种语言,讲同一种话。 人们向东迁移时,在示拿地区找到一处平原,定居下来。 他们彼此商量说:“来呀,我们烧些砖吧。”他们用砖作石块,用柏油作水泥来造塔, 说:“来吧,让我们造一座城和一座高耸入云的塔,这样我们可以扬名天下,不致分散在地上。” 耶和华从天上下来,要察看人建造的城和塔。 耶和华说:“看啊,他们同属一个民族,都用同一种语言,现在就做这样的事,如果继续下去,他们会为所欲为。 让我们下去变乱他们的语言,使他们彼此言语不通。” 于是,耶和华把他们从那里分散到世界各地,他们便不再建造那城了。 因此,人称那城为巴别,因为耶和华在那里变乱了人类的语言,把他们分散到世界各地。

闪的后代

10 以下是闪的后代。

洪水过后两年,闪一百岁生亚法撒, 11 之后又活了五百年,生儿育女。

12 亚法撒三十五岁生沙拉, 13 之后又活了四百零三年,生儿育女。

14 沙拉三十岁生希伯, 15 之后又活了四百零三年,生儿育女。

16 希伯三十四岁生法勒, 17 之后又活了四百三十年,生儿育女。

18 法勒三十岁生拉吴, 19 之后又活了二百零九年,生儿育女。

20 拉吴三十二岁生西鹿, 21 之后又活了二百零七年,生儿育女。

22 西鹿三十岁生拿鹤, 23 之后又活了二百年,生儿育女。

24 拿鹤二十九岁生他拉, 25 之后又活了一百一十九年,生儿育女。

26 他拉七十岁后,生了亚伯兰、拿鹤和哈兰。

他拉的后代

27 以下是他拉的后代。

他拉生亚伯兰、拿鹤和哈兰,哈兰生罗得。 28 哈兰比他父亲他拉先去世,他死在自己的家乡——迦勒底的吾珥。 29 亚伯兰和拿鹤都娶了妻子,亚伯兰的妻子名叫撒莱,拿鹤的妻子名叫密迦,是哈兰的女儿。哈兰是密迦和亦迦的父亲。 30 撒莱不能生育,没有孩子。

31 他拉带着儿子亚伯兰、孙子——哈兰的儿子罗得、儿媳妇——亚伯兰的妻子撒莱,离开迦勒底的吾珥前往迦南,他们来到哈兰定居下来。 32 他拉在那里去世,享年二百零五岁[a]

Footnotes

  1. 11:32 二百零五岁”有古卷作“一百四十五岁”。