Genesis 11:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:26, NIV: "After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran."

Genesis 11:26, ESV: "When Terah had lived 70 years, he fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran."

Genesis 11:26, KJV: "And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran."

Genesis 11:26, NASB: "Terah lived seventy years, and fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran."

Genesis 11:26, NLT: "After Terah was 70 years old, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran."

Genesis 11:26, CSB: "Terah lived 70 years and fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran."

What does Genesis 11:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The line from Noah to Abraham (Abram) is now complete. It follows through Shem to Arpachshad to Shelah to Eber to Peleg to Reu to Serug to Nahor to Terah and now to Abram. The end of this genealogy includes the fact that Terah had three male children after living 70 years. In addition to Abram, one child is named after Terah's father and the other shares the name of the city Haran.

Abram's name apparently means something like "exalted father." This is a major moment in the genealogy of mankind. Abram will later be renamed Abraham. Abraham's relationship to God will be the cornerstone of three major modern world religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Abraham will be called by God (Genesis 12:1), and given special blessings (Genesis 12:2–3). His grandson, Jacob, will be renamed Israel, fathering the nation God will designate as His chosen people.