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

Genesis 11:11, NIV: "And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:11, ESV: "And Shem lived after he fathered Arpachshad 500 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:11, KJV: "And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:11, NASB: "and Shem lived five hundred years after he fathered Arpachshad, and he fathered other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:11, NLT: "After the birth of Arphaxad, Shem lived another 500 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:11, CSB: "After he fathered Arpachshad, Shem lived 500 years and fathered other sons and daughters."

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

The previous verse began this genealogy linking Shem to Abraham and the Israelites. Shem fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood when Shem was 100 years old. This verse now establishes the pattern for the rest of the genealogy, revealing how long Shem lived after the birth of the next in the line.

Putting the two ages together, Shem lived to be 600 years old, allowing him many years to have other sons and daughters as humanity set about refilling the earth with people. Verse 10 was the last mention of the flood found in Genesis, setting this passage up as a milestone. In the same vein, this genealogy does not focus on phrases such as "and then he died," as did the genealogy of chapter 5.