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 (Traditional)

創世記 11

巴別塔

1那時,天下人都用同一種語言,講同一種話。 人們向東遷移時,在示拿地區找到一處平原,定居下來。 他們彼此商量說:「來呀,我們燒些磚吧。」他們用磚作石塊,用柏油作水泥來造塔, 說:「來吧,讓我們造一座城和一座高聳入雲的塔,這樣我們可以揚名天下,不致分散在地上。」 耶和華從天上下來,要察看人建造的城和塔。 耶和華說:「看啊,他們同屬一個民族,都用同一種語言,現在就做這樣的事,如果繼續下去,他們會為所欲為。 讓我們下去變亂他們的語言,使他們彼此言語不通。」 於是,耶和華把他們從那裡分散到世界各地,他們便不再建造那城了。 因此,人稱那城為巴別,因為耶和華在那裡變亂了人類的語言,把他們分散到世界各地。

閃的後代

10 以下是閃的後代。

洪水過後兩年,閃一百歲生亞法撒, 11 之後又活了五百年,生兒育女。

12 亞法撒三十五歲生沙拉, 13 之後又活了四百零三年,生兒育女。

14 沙拉三十歲生希伯, 15 之後又活了四百零三年,生兒育女。

16 希伯三十四歲生法勒, 17 之後又活了四百三十年,生兒育女。

18 法勒三十歲生拉吳, 19 之後又活了二百零九年,生兒育女。

20 拉吳三十二歲生西鹿, 21 之後又活了二百零七年,生兒育女。

22 西鹿三十歲生拿鶴, 23 之後又活了二百年,生兒育女。

24 拿鶴二十九歲生他拉, 25 之後又活了一百一十九年,生兒育女。

26 他拉七十歲後,生了亞伯蘭、拿鶴和哈蘭。

他拉的後代

27 以下是他拉的後代。

他拉生亞伯蘭、拿鶴和哈蘭,哈蘭生羅得。 28 哈蘭比他父親他拉先去世,他死在自己的家鄉——迦勒底的吾珥。 29 亞伯蘭和拿鶴都娶了妻子,亞伯蘭的妻子名叫撒萊,拿鶴的妻子名叫密迦,是哈蘭的女兒。哈蘭是密迦和亦迦的父親。 30 撒萊不能生育,沒有孩子。

31 他拉帶著兒子亞伯蘭、孫子——哈蘭的兒子羅得、兒媳婦——亞伯蘭的妻子撒萊,離開迦勒底的吾珥前往迦南,他們來到哈蘭定居下來。 32 他拉在那裡去世,享年二百零五歲[a]

Footnotes

  1. 11·32 二百零五歲」有古卷作「一百四十五歲」。