What does Genesis 11:25 mean?
ESV: And Nahor lived after he fathered Terah 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
NIV: And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
NASB: and Nahor lived 119 years after he fathered Terah, and he fathered other sons and daughters.
CSB: After he fathered Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and fathered other sons and daughters.
NLT: After the birth of Terah, Nahor lived another 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
KJV: And Nahor lived after he begot Terah a hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
NKJV: After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
Verse Commentary:
After fathering Terah, Nahor lived another 119 years and had other children. Adding the numbers together, Nahor lived to be just 148 years old, the shortest lifespan yet recorded following the flood. This seems to follow God's comment in Genesis 6:3, which might have been a direct act on His part to limit man's capacity for evil (Genesis 6:5). Based on the rapid drop in lifespan seen after the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1–9), this is also likely driven by the hardships of living in a scattered, fallen world.
Verse Context:
Genesis 11:10–26 provides a direct genealogy from Noah to Abram, through Noah's blessed-by-God son, Shem. This record shows a direct genetic line from Noah and the flood, through Peleg and the dispersion of humanity at the Tower of Babel, to Terah, Abram's father.
Chapter Summary:
Genesis 11 contains three sections: God confuses and scatters the people of the world to stop the building of Babel and its tower. A genealogy is provided showing the direct links between Noah and Abram. The ''generations'' of Terah are introduced, providing a description of the family out of which God will call Abram to become the father of His chosen people.
Chapter Context:
Genesis 10 provided a table of the nations, describing the peoples and tribes that descended from Noah's three sons and where they settled. Genesis 11 describes how God scattered the peoples of the world after confusing their languages to stop the building of Babel and its tower. The chapter also provides a direct genealogy from Noah to Abram and then introduces Abram by way of his father Terah. The following chapter will begin the story of Abram and God's chosen people, Israel.
Book Summary:
The book of Genesis establishes fundamental truths about God. Among these are His role as the Creator, His holiness, His hatred of sin, His love for mankind, and His willingness to provide for our redemption. We learn not only where mankind has come from, but why the world is in its present form. The book also presents the establishment of Israel, God's chosen people. Many of the principles given in other parts of Scripture depend on the basic ideas presented here in the book of Genesis. Within the framework of the Bible, Genesis explains the bare-bones history of the universe leading up to the captivity of Israel in Egypt, setting the stage for the book of Exodus.
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