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In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel,[a] because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.

The Line of Descent from Shem to Abram

10 This is the account of Shem’s family.

Two years after the great flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of[b] Arphaxad.

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  1. 11:9 Or Babylon. Babel sounds like a Hebrew term that means “confusion.”
  2. 11:10 Or the ancestor of; also in 11:12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24.

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