Genesis 11:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:16, NIV: "When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg."

Genesis 11:16, ESV: "When Eber had lived 34 years, he fathered Peleg."

Genesis 11:16, KJV: "And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:"

Genesis 11:16, NASB: "Eber lived thirty-four years, and fathered Peleg;"

Genesis 11:16, NLT: "When Eber was 34 years old, he became the father of Peleg."

Genesis 11:16, CSB: "Eber lived 34 years and fathered Peleg."

What does Genesis 11:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The line from Noah to Abraham follows through Shem to Arpachshad to Shelah to Eber and now to Peleg. Peleg's name apparently comes from a word that means "to divide." Genesis 10:25 tells us that in Peleg's time the earth was divided, likely referring to the dispersion of the peoples that happened after God confused the languages in Babel (Genesis 11:1–9). If so, the generations to come after Peleg will live in a drastically divided world.

This verse also continues a trend seen in the genealogy of Genesis 11: decreasing lifespans. Children are mentioned at younger ages, and years of life are much shorter. This change takes a particularly dramatic jump in the time between Eber and Peleg—those living after the Tower of Babel seem to have lifespans around half of what they were prior to that incident (Genesis 11:17–19).