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Genesis 11

1 - Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words.

2 - And it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

3 - And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn [them] thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.

4 - And they said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top [will reach] into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."

5 - And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

6 - And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.

7 - "Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

8 - So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.

9 - Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

10 - These are [the records of] the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old, and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood;

11 - and Shem lived five hundred years after he became the father of Arpachshad, and he had [other] sons and daughters.

12 - And Arpachshad lived thirty-five years, and became the father of Shelah;

13 - and Arpachshad lived four hundred and three years after he became the father of Shelah, and he had [other] sons and daughters.

14 - And Shelah lived thirty years, and became the father of Eber;

15 - and Shelah lived four hundred and three years after he became the father of Eber, and he had [other] sons and daughters.

16 - And Eber lived thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg;

17 - and Eber lived four hundred and thirty years after he became the father of Peleg, and he had [other] sons and daughters.

18 - And Peleg lived thirty years, and became the father of Reu;

19 - and Peleg lived two hundred and nine years after he became the father of Reu, and he had [other] sons and daughters.

20 - And Reu lived thirty-two years, and became the father of Serug;

21 - and Reu lived two hundred and seven years after he became the father of Serug, and he had [other] sons and daughters.

22 - And Serug lived thirty years, and became the father of Nahor;

23 - and Serug lived two hundred years after he became the father of Nahor, and he had [other] sons and daughters.

24 - And Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and became the father of Terah;

25 - and Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years after he became the father of Terah, and he had [other] sons and daughters.

26 - And Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

27 - Now these are [the records of] the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot.

28 - And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

29 - And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah.

30 - And Sarai was barren; she had no child.

31 - And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-inlaw, his son Abram's wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there.

32 - And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

Genesis 11 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Every man in the world spoke the same language, under the leadership of Nimrod they build the tower of Babel, the LORD confounds the languages and scatters them throughout the entire earth, the generations of Shem include Abram whose wife was Sarai, Abram leaves Ur and settles in Haran.

Genesis chapter 11

Genesis 11:9 - Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Outline
The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)
The Descendents of Shem (Genesis 11:10-26)
The Family of Abram (Genesis 11:27-32)

Summary
1 One Language In The World.
3 The Building Of Babel.
5 The Confusion Of Tongues.
10 The Generations Of Shem.
27 The Generations Of Terah The Father Of Abram.
31 Terah Goes from Ur To Haran.

Topics for Bible Study
Ancient Ziggurats - Background Bible Study
The Ziggurats - Ancient Babylonia
Archaeology - Ancient Babylonia
Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon
Map of Ancient Mesopotamia

Maps
Map of the Table of Nations
Map of the Descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth

ILLUSTRATION

Ziggurat with Seven Stages

Ancient Ziggurat at Ur Reconstructed

Drawing of a Ziggurat with seven stages. The original purpose of the 7 stages and the "mountain top" at its peak must have been influenced by the altar of Noah, the rainbow, and the voice of God speaking. This miraculous event would have no doubt created a striking impression on the sons of Noah.

Quick Reference Map
Quick Reference Map of the Kingdom of Nimrod
This map of ancient Mesopotamia shows some of the important cities and regions that existed around 2000 - 3000 BC. The exact area of the Land of Shinar still remain a mystery as well as the exact size of the kingdom of Nimrod. (Click to Enlarge)
 

The Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel
Painting of The Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1563)

ARCHAEOLOGY

The Standard of Ur

Royal Standard of Ur

This royal standard of ancient Ur of the Chaldees was carried on a pole around 2600 BC. There are scenes of war and scenes of peace.

Genesis 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.


The Old Testament

The Old Testament

Genesis Resources

Creation
Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt