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Genesis 11:20

ESV When Reu had lived 32 years, he fathered Serug.
NIV When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug.
NASB Reu lived thirty-two years, and fathered Serug;
CSB Reu lived 32 years and fathered Serug.
NLT When Reu was 32 years old, he became the father of Serug.
KJV And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:

What does Genesis 11:20 mean?

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.
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