Genesis 11:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:20, NIV: "When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug."

Genesis 11:20, ESV: "When Reu had lived 32 years, he fathered Serug."

Genesis 11:20, KJV: "And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:"

Genesis 11:20, NASB: "Reu lived thirty-two years, and fathered Serug;"

Genesis 11:20, NLT: "When Reu was 32 years old, he became the father of Serug."

Genesis 11:20, CSB: "Reu lived 32 years and fathered Serug."

What does Genesis 11:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The line from Noah to Abraham follows through Shem to Arpachshad to Shelah to Eber to Peleg to Reu and now to Serug. The name Serug may be associated with a place called Sarugi about 20 miles from Haran, where Abram's family will eventually settle. As shown in other verses, this generation will continue the trend of rapidly decreasing lifespans seen after the flood. From creation to the flood, man lives nearly a thousand years (Genesis 5). From the flood to Peleg, man's life is a few centuries. From Peleg to Abram, human life drops to roughly a hundred years at best.