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Bereshis 11

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1And the kol HaAretz was of one language and of devarim achadim (common words). 2And it came to pass, as they migrated from the east, that they found a plain in Eretz Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and bake them thoroughly. And they had brick for even (stone), and bitumen had they for mortar. 4And they said, Come, let us build us an Ir and a Migdal, whose rosh (top) may reach unto Shomayim; and let us make us a shem, otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of kol HaAretz. 5And Hashem came down to see the Ir and the Migdal, which Bnei HaAdam built. 6And Hashem said, See, the Am is echad and they have all one language; and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be impossible for them, which they have proposed to do. 7Come, let Us go down, and there confuse their sefat, that they may not understand one another's language. 8So Hashem scattered them abroad from there upon the face of kol Ha'Aretz; and they left off building the Ir. 9Therefore is the shem of it called Babel; because Hashem did there confuse the language of kol Ha'Aretz; and from there did Hashem scatter them abroad upon the face of kol Ha'Aretz. 10These are the toldot of Shem: Shem was a hundred years old, and fathered Arpachshad two years after the mabbul; 11And Shem lived after he fathered Arpachshad five hundred shanah, and fathered banim and banot. 12And Arpachshad lived five and thirty shanah, and fathered Salah; 13And Arpachshad lived after he fathered Shelach four hundred and three shanim, and fathered banim and banot. 14And Shelach lived thirty shanah, and fathered Ever; 15And Shelach lived after he fathered Ever four hundred and three shanah, and fathered banim and banot. 16And Ever lived four and thirty shanah, and fathered Peleg; 17And Ever lived after he fathered Peleg four hundred and thirty shanah, and fathered banim and banot. 18And Peleg lived thirty shanah, and fathered Reu; 19And Peleg lived after he fathered Reu two hundred and nine shanim, and fathered banim and banot. 20And Reu lived two and thirty shanah, and fathered Serug; 21And Reu lived after he fathered Serug two hundred and seven shanim, and fathered banim and banot. 22And Serug lived thirty shanah, and fathered Nachor; 23And Serug lived after he fathered Nachor two hundred shanah, and fathered banim and banot. 24And Nachor lived nine and twenty shanah, and fathered Terach; 25And Nachor lived after he fathered Terach a hundred and nineteen shanah, and fathered banim and banot. 26And Terach lived seventy shanah, and fathered Avram, Nachor, and Haran. 27Now these are the toldot Terach: Terach fathered Avram, Nachor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. 28And Haran died before his av Terach in the land of his birth, in Ur Kasdim. 29And Avram and Nachor took them nashim: the shem eshet Avram was Sarai; and the shem eshet Nachor was Milcah, the bat Haran Avi Milcah, and Avi Yiskah. 30But Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31And Terach took Avram bno, and ben bno Lot ben Haran, and Sarai his kallah, eshet Avram bno; and they went forth with them from Ur Kasdim, to go into Eretz Kena'an; and they came unto Charan (Haran), and dwelt there. 32And the days of Terach were two hundred and five shanim; and Terach died in Charan (Haran).
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People tried to build a tall building called Babel
1You know, at first everyone talked the same language. 2And as people moved from place to place in the east, they got to some flat country in Babylonia, and they stayed there. 3-4Then they said to each other, “Look, we can make bricks here. So come on, let’s do that. We will bake them properly so that they are good strong bricks, and we will use them to build a city here. So come on, let’s build a big tall building in that city. It will be so tall that it will go right up into the sky.” You see, they had bricks and tar instead of stones and cement. And they said, “If we do that, everyone will think we are smart. Then we will not go and live all over the earth, but we will stay together right here.”
God made people talk in different languages
5So the people started to build a city and a really tall building, and God came down to look at those things. 6He said, “These people can all talk to each other in the same language, so they can do anything they want. If they keep on going this way, nothing will stop them from doing anything. 7Come on, let’s go down to these people, and we will make them talk in different languages. Then they will not understand each other, and they will be all mixed up. They will not work things out with each other, so they will not keep on building this city.”
8So God made all the people talk in different languages. None of them could understand anything the other people were saying. So they stopped building their big city. 9They all left that city and went to live in lots of different places, all over the world. That’s how God got people to be in different tribes all over the world. And they called that city Babel. That means mixed up. They gave it that name because God mixed up their languages at that time.
The story of Shem’s family
10This is the story about Shem’s family.
Shem was 100 years old when he had a son called Arfaxad. That was 2 years after the big flood. 11Shem lived for 500 years after he had Arfaxad, and he had more sons and daughters.
12Arfaxad was 35 years old when he had a son called Shelah. 13Arfaxad lived for 403 years after he had Shelah, and he had more sons and daughters.#Genesis 10:24; Luke 3:35-36
14Shelah was 30 years old when he had a son called Eber. 15Shelah lived for 403 years after he had Eber, and he had more sons and daughters.
16Eber was 34 years old when he had a son called Peleg. 17Eber lived for 430 years after he had Peleg, and he had more sons and daughters.
18Peleg was 30 years old when he had a son called Reyu. 19Peleg lived for 209 years after he had Reyu, and he had more sons and daughters.
20Reyu was 32 years old when he had a son called Serug. 21Reyu lived for 207 years after he had Serug, and he had more sons and daughters.
22Serug was 30 years old when he had a son called Nahor. 23Serug lived for 200 years after he had Nahor, and he had more sons and daughters.
24Nahor was 29 years old when he had a son called Terah. 25Nahor lived for 119 years after he had Terah, and he had more sons and daughters.
26Terah had 3 sons after he was 70 years old. Their names were Abram, Nahor and Haran.
The story of Terah’s family
27This is the story about Terah’s family. Terah had 3 sons, called Abram, and Nahor, and Haran.
Haran had a son called Lot. 28-29And he also had 2 daughters called Milcah and Iscah. After that, Haran died, while his father, Terah, was still alive. He died in Ur, in Chaldia country, the place where he was born.
Nahor, Haran’s brother, married Milcah. And Abram married a woman called Sarai, 30but Abram and Sarai didn’t have any kids. Sarai just couldn’t have a baby.
31Then Terah went away from Ur, in Chaldia country, and he took some of his family with him. They were his son Abram, and Abram’s wife Sarai, and his grand-son Lot. They all left Ur, and they started to go to the country called Canaan. But they stopped half-way, at a place called Haran, and they stayed there.
32Terah lived until he was 205 years old. Then he died there in Haran.