Genesis 11:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:14, NIV: "When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber."

Genesis 11:14, ESV: "When Shelah had lived 30 years, he fathered Eber."

Genesis 11:14, KJV: "And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:"

Genesis 11:14, NASB: "Shelah lived thirty years, and fathered Eber;"

Genesis 11:14, NLT: "When Shelah was 30 years old, he became the father of Eber."

Genesis 11:14, CSB: "Shelah lived 30 years and fathered Eber."

What does Genesis 11:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The line from Noah to Abraham follows through Shem to Arpachshad to Shelah and now to Eber. The Eberites and their descendants became a well-known people (Numbers 24:24). As compared to the generations listed prior to the flood (Genesis 5), this verse presents an earlier age of fatherhood, and a shorter lifespan. This is a trend which will continue through the genealogy, as man's life rapidly shortens leading up to the birth of Abram (Genesis 11:19–26).