Genesis 11:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:13, NIV: "And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:13, ESV: "And Arpachshad lived after he fathered Shelah 403 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:13, KJV: "And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:13, NASB: "and Arpachshad lived 403 years after he fathered Shelah, and he fathered other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:13, NLT: "After the birth of Shelah, Arphaxad lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:13, CSB: "After he fathered Shelah, Arpachshad lived 403 years and fathered other sons and daughters."

What does Genesis 11:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After fathering Shelah, Arpachshad lived another 403 years and had other children. Adding the numbers together, Arpachshad lived to be 438 years old. As with other verses, this statement supports a rapid decline in human lifespans after the flood. While ancient figures such as Noah lived nearly a thousand years (Genesis 5), the generations following Abram (Genesis 11:19–26) will be lucky to live beyond a century.