Genesis 11

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1 And all the earth had one language and one tongue.

2 And it came about that in their wandering from the east, they came to a stretch of flat country in the land of Shinar, and there they made their living-place.

3 And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks, burning them well. And they had bricks for stone, putting them together with sticky earth.

4 And they said, Come, let us make a town, and a tower whose top will go up as high as heaven; and let us make a great name for ourselves, so that we may not be wanderers over the face of the earth.

5 And the Lord came down to see the town and the tower which the children of men were building.

6 And the Lord said, See, they are all one people and have all one language; and this is only the start of what they may do: and now it will not be possible to keep them from any purpose of theirs.

7 Come, let us go down and take away the sense of their language, so that they will not be able to make themselves clear to one another.

8 So the Lord God sent them away into every part of the earth: and they gave up building their town.

9 So it was named Babel, because there the Lord took away the sense of all languages and from there the Lord sent them away over all the face of the earth.

10 These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old when he became the father of Arpachshad, two years after the great flow of waters;

11 And after the birth of Arpachshad, Shem went on living for five hundred years, and had sons and daughters:

12 And Arpachshad was thirty-five years old when he became the father of Shelah:

13 And after the birth of Shelah, Arpachshad went on living for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters:

14 And Shelah was thirty years old when he became the father of Eber:

15 And after the birth of Eber, Shelah went on living for four hundred and three years, and had sons and daughters:

16 And Eber was thirty-four years old when he became the father of Peleg:

17 And after the birth of Peleg, Eber went on living for four hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters:

18 And Peleg was thirty years old when he became the father of Reu:

19 And after the birth of Reu, Peleg went on living for two hundred and nine years, and had sons and daughters:

20 And Reu was thirty-two years old when he became the father of Serug:

21 And after the birth of Serug, Reu went on living for two hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters:

22 And Serug was thirty years old when he became the father of Nahor:

23 And after the birth of Nahor, Serug went on living for two hundred years, and had sons and daughters:

24 And Nahor was twenty-nine years old when he became the father of Terah:

25 And after the birth of Terah, Nahor went on living for a hundred and nineteen years, and had sons and daughters:

26 And Terah was seventy years old when he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

27 These are the generations of Terah: Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.

28 And death came to Haran when he was with his father Terah in the land of his birth, Ur of the Chaldees.

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 had no child.

31 And Terah took Abram, his son, and Lot, the son of Haran, and Sarai, his daughter-in-law, the wife of his son Abram and they went out from Ur of the Chaldees, to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran, and were there for some time.

32 And all the years of Terah's life were two hundred and five: and Terah came to his end in Haran.

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one
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Country
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...

land
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

Shinar
'The land of Shinar,' as in Genesis 10:10, signifies external worship, which has profane internal.

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

us
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

stone
Stones in the Bible in general represent truths, or things we know concerning the Lord and what He wants from us and for us in...

town
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

tower
'Towers,' as in Psalms 48:12, signify the interior truths which defend the aspects of love and charity. In the opposite sense, they denote the interiors...

High
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.

heaven
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...

name
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

face
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

the Lord
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...

lord
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

down
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...

see
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

children
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

building
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.

go
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

go down
To go up and to go down: in the Word, mention is made of going up and going down when speaking of going from one...

Sense
The common sense is where all particular sensation subsists.

babel
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...

Shem
'Shem' can be understood to be internal worship, 'Japheth' is the corresponding external worship, 'Ham' is internal worship corrupted, and 'Canaan' is external worship separate...

hundred
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...

old
'Old waste places' signify the celestial aspects of faith.

became
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Father
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after
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.

five
Five also signifies all things of one part.

sons
'Sons of the stranger' signify counterfeit truths, or falsities. 'Our sons' signify the doctrines of truth, and 'our daughters,' the doctrines of good, as in...

Daughters
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...

thirty
'Thirty' has a twofold significance because it is is the product of five and six, and also three and ten. From five multiplied by six,...

Four hundred
Four hundred signifies vastation, temptations, and the duration thereof.

four
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three
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Peleg
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Four hundred and thirty
Four hundred and thirty, as in Genesis 15:18, denotes temptations.

reu
'Reu,' as in Genesis 11:18, signifies a more external worship than signified by 'Peleg,' his father.

nine
'Nine' signifies conjunction.

two
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...

Serug
In Genesis 11:20, 'Serug' signifies external worship.

seven
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...

Nahor
'Nahor,' as in Genesis 22:20, signifies the Lord’s church among the Gentiles.

twenty
'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything or fullness, because it is ten twice. 'Twenty,' as in Genesis 18:31, like all numbers occurring in...

Abram
Abram and Nahor taking to themselves wives, Sarah and Milcah (Gen 11:29), signifies marriages of evil with falsity in idolatrous worship. Abram, Nahor, and Haran,...

Haran
'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis 11:28, signifies inward idolatrous worship. 'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis 12:5, signifies an obscure state. 'Haran,' as mentioned in Genesis...

birth
'Nativity,' as in Genesis 10:32, signifies reformation. Out of thy nativity and out of thy father's house,' as in Genesis 12:1, signifies corporeal and worldly...

Ur of the Chaldees
'Ur of the Chaldeans,' as in Genesis 11:28, signifies external worship in falsities.

chaldees
Chaldea was a land lying along the Euphrates river near its mouth, south of Babylon, part of what is now southern Iraq. It was a...

wives
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wife
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Son
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daughter-in-law
'Sons' wives,' as in Genesis 6:18, signify truths joined to goods.

Land of Canaan
The land of Canaan' in the Word, means love, and consequently, the will of the celestial self.

canaan
Canaan signifies a worship in things external without internals, which arose out of the internal church corrupted, called Ham. Thus it is that Ham is...

came
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