Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.
Genesis 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.
Genesis 11:3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
- Man makes bricks. God makes stones.
Genesis 11:4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
- The tower whose top is in the heavens is astrology worship.
- Nimrod “the hunter” is part of the demonic zodiac
- There is a theory the people were in fear of another flood and the tower would save them.
- They wanted to make a name for themselves…not for God.
Genesis 11:5 But the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
Genesis 11:6 And the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
- Evil men influence other men. Then those men become evil.
Genesis 11:7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
- Note: “Us” is referring to the Lord Yᵊhōvâ.
Genesis 11:8 So the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
- That which they feared God did to them.
Genesis 11:9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
Genesis 11:10 This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.
Genesis 11:11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and begot Salah.
Genesis 11:13 After he begot Salah, Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber.
Genesis 11:15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and begot Peleg.
Genesis 11:17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu.
Genesis 11:19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot Serug.
Genesis 11:21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor.
Genesis 11:23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot Terah.
Genesis 11:25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Genesis 11:27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot.
Genesis 11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
Genesis 11:29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah.
Genesis 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
Genesis 11:31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.
Genesis 11:32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.