Genesis 11:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:21, NIV: "And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:21, ESV: "And Reu lived after he fathered Serug 207 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:21, KJV: "And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:21, NASB: "and Reu lived 207 years after he fathered Serug, and he fathered other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:21, NLT: "After the birth of Serug, Reu lived another 207 years and had other sons and daughters."

Genesis 11:21, CSB: "After he fathered Serug, Reu lived 207 years and fathered other sons and daughters."

What does Genesis 11:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After fathering Serug, Reu lived another 207 years and had many other children. Adding the numbers together, Reu lived to be 239 years old. This is a noticeably shorter life than his grandfathers, such as Shelah and Eber (Genesis 11:15–17). It's also drastically less than early men such as Adam and Seth (Genesis 5). This trend will continue until the era of Abram, when the definition of "old age" reaches the same general outlines we see in the modern world.