Genesis 11:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:10, NIV: "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."

Genesis 11:10, ESV: "These are the generations of Shem. When Shem was 100 years old, he fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood."

Genesis 11:10, KJV: "These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:"

Genesis 11:10, NASB: "These are the records of the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old when he fathered Arpachshad, two years after the flood;"

Genesis 11:10, NLT: "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."

Genesis 11:10, CSB: "These are the family records of Shem. Shem lived 100 years and fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood."

What does Genesis 11:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse begins a genealogy that will directly link Noah's son Shem with Abram, whom God will re-name Abraham (Genesis 17:5). This sets up the origins of the people of Israel. Unlike the broad, nation-spanning genealogies in chapter 10, this passage tracks a straight line from each man to one of his sons to the next in the line. This description begins with Shem. Of the three sons of Noah, Shem is the one who is overtly blessed by God (Genesis 9:26). We are told here that Shem fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood when he was 100 years old.

This is the last mention of the flood in Genesis, marking the beginning of a new era. The birth of Arpachshad so quickly after God's command to multiply and fill the earth shows that Shem was living in obedience.