Genesis 11:1 —14:24
11 Now all the earth continued to be of one language and of one set of words. 2 And it came about that in their journeying eastward they eventually discovered a valley plain in the land of Shinar, and they took up dwelling there. 3 And they began to say, each one to the other: “Come on! Let us make bricks and bake them with a burning process.” So brick served as stone for them, but bitumen served as mortar for them. 4 They now said: “Come on! Let us build ourselves a city and also a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a celebrated name for ourselves, for fear we may be scattered over all the surface of the earth.”
5 And Jehovah proceeded to go down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men had built. 6 After that Jehovah said: “Look! They are one people and there is one language for them all, and this is what they start to do. Why, now there is nothing that they may have in mind to do that will be unattainable for them. 7 Come now! Let us go down and there confuse their language that they may not listen to one another’s language.” 8 Accordingly Jehovah scattered them from there over all the surface of the earth, and they gradually left off building the city. 9 That is why its name was called Babel, because there Jehovah had confused the language of all the earth, and Jehovah had scattered them from there over all the surface of the earth.
10 This is the history of Shem.
Shem was a hundred years old when he became father to Arpachshad two years after the deluge. 11 And after his fathering Arpachshad Shem continued to live five hundred years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.
12 And Arpachshad lived thirty-five years. Then he became father to Shelah. 13 And after his fathering Shelah Arpachshad continued to live four hundred and three years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.
14 And Shelah lived thirty years. Then he became father to Eber. 15 And after his fathering Eber Shelah continued to live four hundred and three years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.
16 And Eber lived on for thirty-four years. Then he became father to Peleg. 17 And after his fathering Peleg Eber continued to live four hundred and thirty years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.
18 And Peleg lived on for thirty years. Then he became father to Reu. 19 And after his fathering Reu Peleg continued to live two hundred and nine years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.
20 And Reu lived on for thirty-two years. Then he became father to Serug. 21 And after his fathering Serug Reu continued to live two hundred and seven years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.
22 And Serug lived on for thirty years. Then he became father to Nahor. 23 And after his fathering Nahor Serug continued to live two hundred years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.
24 And Nahor lived on for twenty-nine years. Then he became father to Terah. 25 And after his fathering Terah Nahor continued to live a hundred and nineteen years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters.
26 And Terah lived on for seventy years, after which he became father to Abram, Nahor and Haran.
27 And this is the history of Terah.
Terah became father to Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became father to Lot. 28 Later Haran died while in company with Terah his father in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 And Abram and Nahor proceeded to take wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, while the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and father of Iscah. 30 But Sarai continued to be barren; she had no child.
31 After that Terah took Abram his son and Lot, the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, the wife of Abram his son, and they went with him out of Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. In time they came to Haran and took up dwelling there. 32 And the days of Terah came to be two hundred and five years. Then Terah died in Haran.
12 And Jehovah proceeded to say to Abram: “Go your way out of your country and from your relatives and from the house of your father to the country that I shall show you; 2 and I shall make a great nation out of you and I shall bless you and I will make your name great; and prove yourself a blessing. 3 And I will bless those who bless you, and him that calls down evil upon you I shall curse, and all the families of the ground will certainly bless themselves by means of you.”
4 At that Abram went just as Jehovah had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he went out from Haran. 5 So Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot the son of his brother and all the goods that they had accumulated and the souls whom they had acquired in Haran, and they got on their way out to go to the land of Canaan. Finally they came to the land of Canaan. 6 And Abram went on through the land as far as the site of Shechem, near the big trees of Moreh; and at that time the Canaanite was in the land. 7 Jehovah now appeared to Abram and said: “To your seed I am going to give this land.” After that he built an altar there to Jehovah, who had appeared to him. 8 Later he moved from there to the mountainous region to the east of Bethel and pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. Then he built an altar there to Jehovah and began to call on the name of Jehovah. 9 Afterward Abram broke camp, going then from encampment to encampment toward the Negeb.
10 Now a famine arose in the land and Abram made his way down toward Egypt to reside there as an alien, because the famine was severe in the land. 11 And it came about that as soon as he got near to entering Egypt, then he said to Sarai his wife: “Please, now! I well know you are a woman beautiful in appearance. 12 So it is bound to happen that the Egyptians will see you and will say, ‘This is his wife.’ And they will certainly kill me, but you they will preserve alive. 13 Please say you are my sister, in order that it may go well with me on your account, and my soul will be certain to live due to you.”
14 So it happened that, as soon as Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians got to see the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 And the princes of Pharaoh also got to see her and they began praising her to Pharaoh, so that the woman was taken to the house of Pharaoh. 16 And he treated Abram well on her account, and he came to have sheep and cattle and asses and menservants and maidservants and she-asses and camels. 17 Then Jehovah touched Pharaoh and his household with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 With that Pharaoh called Abram and said: “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I was about to take her as my wife? And now here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 And Pharaoh issued commands to men concerning him, and they went escorting him and his wife and all that he had.
13 Following that Abram went up out of Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the Negeb. 2 And Abram was heavily stocked with herds and silver and gold. 3 And he made his way from encampment to encampment out of the Negeb and to Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at first between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar that he had made there originally; and Abram proceeded to call there on the name of Jehovah.
5 Now Lot, who was going along with Abram, also owned sheep and cattle and tents. 6 So the land did not allow for them to dwell all together, because their goods had become many and they were not able to dwell all together. 7 And a quarrel arose between the herders of Abram’s livestock and the herders of Lot’s livestock; and at that time the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling in the land. 8 Hence Abram said to Lot: “Please, do not let any quarreling continue between me and you and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we men are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land available to you? Please, separate from me. If you go to the left, then I will go to the right; but if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.” 10 So Lot raised his eyes and saw the whole District of the Jordan, that all of it was a well-watered region before Jehovah brought Sodom and Gomorrah to ruin, like the garden of Jehovah, like the land of Egypt as far as Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself the whole District of the Jordan, and Lot moved his camp to the east. So they separated the one from the other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, but Lot dwelt among the cities of the District. Finally he pitched tent near Sodom. 13 And the men of Sodom were bad and were gross sinners against Jehovah.
14 And Jehovah said to Abram after Lot had separated from him: “Raise your eyes, please, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, 15 because all the land at which you are looking, to you and to your seed I am going to give it until time indefinite. 16 And I will constitute your seed like the dust particles of the earth, so that, if a man could be able to count the dust particles of the earth, then your seed could be numbered. 17 Get up, go about in the land through its length and through its breadth, because to you I am going to give it.” 18 So Abram continued to live in tents. Later on he came and dwelt among the big trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron; and there he proceeded to build an altar to Jehovah.
14 Now it came about in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, 2 that these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is to say, Zoar). 3 All these marched as allies to the Low Plain of Siddim, that is, the Salt Sea.
4 Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 And in the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer came, and also the kings who were with him, and they inflicted defeats on the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6 and the Horites in their mountain of Seir, down to El-paran, which is at the wilderness. 7 Then they turned about and came to En-mishpat, that is, Kadesh, and defeated the whole field of the Amalekites and also the Amorites who were dwelling in Hazazon-tamar.
8 At this point the king of Sodom went on the march, and also the king of Gomorrah and the king of Admah and the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is to say, Zoar), and they drew up in battle order against them in the Low Plain of Siddim, 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim and Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings against the five. 10 Now the Low Plain of Siddim was pits upon pits of bitumen; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah took to flight and went falling into them, and those who remained fled to the mountainous region. 11 Then the victors took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food and went on their way. 12 They also took Lot the son of Abram’s brother and his goods and continued on their way. He was then dwelling in Sodom.
13 After that a man who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew. He was then tabernacling among the big trees of Mamre the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they were confederates of Abram. 14 Thus Abram got to hear that his brother had been taken captive. With that he mustered his trained men, three hundred and eighteen slaves born in his household, and went in pursuit up to Dan. 15 And by night he resorted to dividing his forces, he and his slaves, against them, and thus he defeated them and kept in pursuit of them up to Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 And he proceeded to recover all the goods, and he recovered also Lot his brother and his goods and also the women and the people.
17 Then the king of Sodom went out to meet him after he returned from defeating Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, to the Low Plain of Shaveh, that is, the king’s Low Plain. 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine, and he was priest of the Most High God. 19 Then he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of the Most High God,
Producer of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be the Most High God,
Who has delivered your oppressors into your hand!”
At that Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 After that the king of Sodom said to Abram: “Give me the souls, but take the goods for yourself.” 22 At this Abram said to the king of Sodom: “I do lift up my hand [in an oath] to Jehovah the Most High God, Producer of heaven and earth, 23 that, from a thread to a sandal lace, no, I shall take nothing from anything that is yours, in order that you may not say, ‘It was I who made Abram rich.’ 24 Nothing for me! Only what the young men have already eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol and Mamre—let them take their share.”