Genesis 11:10
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New International Version
This is the account of Shem's family line. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad.

New Living Translation
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 Arphaxad.

English Standard Version
These are the generations of Shem. When Shem was 100 years old, he fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood.

New American Standard Bible
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;

King James Bible
These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These are the family records of Shem. Shem lived 100 years and fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood.

International Standard Version
These are the family records of Shem. When Shem had lived 100 years, he fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood.

NET Bible
This is the account of Shem. Shem was 100 old when he became the father of Arphaxad, two years after the flood.

New Heart English Bible
This is the history of the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the account of Shem and his descendants. Two years after the flood when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arpachshad.

JPS Tanakh 1917
These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and begot Arpachshad two years after the flood.

New American Standard 1977
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;

Jubilee Bible 2000
These are the generations of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

King James 2000 Bible
These are the generations of Shem: Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Arpachshad two years after the flood:

American King James Version
These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

American Standard Version
These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Arpachshad two years after the flood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These are the generations of Sem: Sem was a hundred years old when he begot Arphaxad, two years old when he begot Arphaxad, two years after the flood.

Darby Bible Translation
These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.

English Revised Version
These are the generations of Shem. Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arpachshad two years after the flood:

Webster's Bible Translation
These are the generations of Shem: Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

World English Bible
This is the history of the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood.

Young's Literal Translation
These are births of Shem: Shem is a son of an hundred years, and begetteth Arphaxad two years after the deluge.
Study Bible
Genealogy from Shem to Abram
9Therefore 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. 10These 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; 11and Shem lived five hundred years after he became the father of Arpachshad, and he had other sons and daughters.…
Cross References
Genesis 10:22
The sons of Shem were Elam and Asshur and Arpachshad and Lud and Aram.

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

1 Chronicles 1:24
Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah,
Treasury of Scripture

These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

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Genesis 11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, …

Genesis 10:21,22 To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother …

1 Chronicles 1:17-27 The sons of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram, …

Luke 3:34-36 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was …

THE TLDTH SHEM.

(10-26) These are the generations of Shem.--Here also, as in Genesis 5, there is a very considerable divergence between the statements of the Hebrew, the Samaritan, and the Septuagint texts. According to the Hebrew, the total number of years from Shem to the birth of Abram was 390, according to the Samaritan, 1,040, and according to the LXX., 1,270. These larger totals are obtained by adding, as a rule, one hundred years to the age of each patriarch before the birth of his eldest son, and the LXX. also insert Cainan between Arphaxad and Salah. The virtual agreement of two authorities, coming from such different quarters as the Samaritan transcript and the LXX. version is remarkable, but scholars have long acknowledged that these genealogies were never intended for chronological purposes, and that so to employ them leads only to error.

Like the genealogy of Seth, in Genesis 5, the Tldth Shem also consists of ten generations, and thus forms, according to Hebrew ideas respecting the number ten, a perfect representation of the race. With the exception of Arphaxad (for whom see Genesis 10:22), the names in this genealogy are all Hebrew words, and are full of meaning. Thus--

Salah means mission, the sending out of men in colonies to occupy new lands.

Eber is the passage, marking the migration of the head-quarters of the race, and the crossing of some great obstacle in its way, most probably the river Tigris. With this would begin the long struggle between the Semitic and Hamitic races in Mesopotamia.

Peleg, division, may be a memorial of the separation of the Joktanite Arabs from the main stem, but see Note on Genesis 10:25. Through him the rights of primogeniture passed to the Hebrews.

Reu, friendship, seems to indicate a closer drawing together of the rest after the departure of Joktan and his clan, which probably had been preceded by dissensions.

Serug, intertwining, may denote that this friendship between the various races into which the family of Shem was by this time divided was cemented by intermarriage.

Nahor, panting, earnest struggle, indicates, most probably, the commencement of that seeking after a closer communion with God which made his descendants withdraw from contact with the rest and form a separate community, distinguished by its firm hold of the doctrine of the unity of the Godhead. From the words of Joshua (Joshua 24:2) it is plain, not only that idolatry was generally practised among the descendants of Shem, but that even Nahor and Terah were not free from its influence. Yet, probably, the monotheism of Abraham was preceded by an effort to return to the purer doctrine of their ancestors in Nahor's time, and the gods which they still worshipped were the teraphim, regarded both by Laban and Rachel (Genesis 31:30; Genesis 31:34) as a kind of inferior household genius, which brought good luck to the family.

Terah, wandering, indicates the commencement of that separation from the rest caused by religious differences, which ended in the migration of Abram into Canaan.

In Abram, high-father, we have a prophetic name, indicative of the high purpose for which the father of the faithful was chosen. There is a difficulty about the date of his birth. We read that "Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran;" and in Genesis 11:32 that "the days of Terah were two hundred and five years." But St. Stephen says that Terah died in Haran before Abram's migration (Acts 7:4), and in Genesis 12:4 we are told that Abram was seventy-five years of age when he departed from that country. Either, therefore, Terah was a hundred and thirty years old when Abram was born--and Abram was a younger, and not the older son--or the Samaritan text is right in making the total age of Terah a hundred and forty-five years. The latter is probably the true solution: first, because Nahor died at the age of a hundred and forty-eight, and it is not probable that Terah so long outlived him; for human life, as we have seen, was progressively shortening after the flood: and secondly, because Abram, in Genesis 17:17, speaks of it as almost an impossibility for a man to have a son when he is a hundred years old. Had he been born when his father was a hundred and thirty, he could scarcely have spoken in this way.

Verse 10. - These are the generations of Shem. The new section, opening with the usual formula (cf. Genesis 2:4; Genesis 5:1; Genesis 6:9; Genesis 10:1), reverts to the main purpose of the inspired narrative, which is to trace the onward development of the line of promise; and this it does by carrying forward the genealogical history of the holy seed through ten generations till it reaches Abram. Taken along with Genesis 5, with which it corresponds, the present table completes the chronological outline from Adam to the Hebrew patriarch. Shem was an hundred years old (literally, the son of an hundred years, i.e. in his hundredth year), and begat Arphaxad. The English term is borrowed from the LXX., the Hebrew being Arpaehshadh, a compound of which the principal part is כשד, giving rise to the Chashdim or Chaldeans; whence Professor Lewis regards it as originally the name of a people transferred to their ancestor (cf. Genesis 10:22). Two years after the flood. So that in Noah's 603rd year Shem was 100, and must accordingly have been born in Noah's 503rd year, i.e. two years after Japheth (cf. Genesis 5:32; Genesis 10:21). The mention of the Flood indicates the point of time from which the present section is designed to be reckoned. These are the generations of Shem,.... Or a genealogy of the posterity of Shem; not of all of them, only of those of the line which led to Abraham, by which might appear the true line in which the Messiah from Adam through Abraham sprung:

Shem was one hundred years old, and begat Arphexad two years after the flood; by which it is pretty plain that he was younger than Japheth; See Gill on Genesis 10:21 of Arphaxad his son; see Gill on Genesis 10:22. 11:10-26 Here is a genealogy, or list of names, ending in Abram, the friend of God, and thus leading towards Christ, the promised Seed, who was the son of Abram. Nothing is left upon record but their names and ages; the Holy Ghost seeming to hasten through them to the history of Abram. How little do we know of those that are gone before us in this world, even of those that lived in the same places where we live, as we likewise know little of those who now live in distant places! We have enough to do to mind our own work. When the earth began to be peopled, men's lives began to shorten; this was the wise disposal of Providence.
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