Genesis 11:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:15, NIV: "And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:15, ESV: "And Shelah lived after he fathered Eber 403 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:15, KJV: "And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:15, NASB: "and Shelah lived 403 years after he fathered Eber, and he fathered other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:15, NLT: "After the birth of Eber, Shelah lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:15, CSB: "After he fathered Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and fathered other sons and daughters."

What does Genesis 11:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After fathering Eber, Shelah lived another 403 years and had other children. Adding the numbers together, Shelah lived to be 433 years old. Patriarchs of the pre-flood world lived close to a thousand years (Genesis 5), and aren't directly said to have had children until having lived more than a century (Genesis 5:3). As mankind spreads after the flood, these lifespans rapidly decrease. By the time of Abram, a person would be lucky to live beyond a century. And, in stark contrast to the pre-flood world, the prospect of having children near the age of 100 would become incredible (Genesis 17:17). This might have been due to God's direct influence (Genesis 6:3), or simply as a consequence of living on a harsher, less-ideal planet after the flood.