Genesis 11:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:19, NIV: "And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:19, ESV: "And Peleg lived after he fathered Reu 209 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:19, KJV: "And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:19, NASB: "and Peleg lived 209 years after he fathered Reu, and he fathered other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:19, NLT: "After the birth of Reu, Peleg lived another 209 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:19, CSB: "After he fathered Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and fathered other sons and daughters."

What does Genesis 11:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After fathering Reu, Peleg lived another 209 years and had other children. Adding the numbers together, Peleg lived to be 239 years old. We notice that the lifespans continue to decrease dramatically the farther we move from the flood. Some have speculated the conditions of the environment on the earth became less ideal for long lifespans after the flood. Others see Genesis 6:3 as an indication that God acted directly to shorten human life—most likely for the same reason as His division of languages at Babel. This was to limit man's capacity for evil (Genesis 6:5; Genesis 11:6–7). Peleg's life is notably shorter than his father's, as are those of the generations which follow.