Genesis 11:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 11:29, NIV: "Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah."

Genesis 11:29, ESV: "And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah."

Genesis 11:29, KJV: "And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah."

Genesis 11:29, NASB: "Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah."

Genesis 11:29, NLT: "Meanwhile, Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah. (Milcah and her sister Iscah were daughters of Nahor's brother Haran.)"

Genesis 11:29, CSB: "Abram and Nahor took wives: Abram's wife was named Sarai, and Nahor's wife was named Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah."

What does Genesis 11:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Several complicated family relationships are described in this verse. First, Abram married Sarai—who would later be renamed Sarah. We know from Genesis 20:12 that Sarai was Abram's half-sister, the daughter of his father Terah, but not from the same mother. Abram's brother, Haran, had died leaving behind two children: Milcah and Iscah. Abram's other brother Nahor married Haran's daughter Milcah.

Later, God's Law for Israel would forbid marriages of family members so closely related. At this time, it seems, this was apparently a common practice and not forbidden by God. Most scholars see the potential for genetic problems in the children of close relatives as the reason God prohibits incest. This, most likely, would become a more and more serious issue as mankind continued to live in a fallen, corrupted, post-flood world.