(1) And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
(2) And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
(3) And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
(4) And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
(5) And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
(6) And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
(7) Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
(8) So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
(9) Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
(10) These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
(11) And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
(12) And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
(13) And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
(14) And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
(15) And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
(16) And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
(17) And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
(18) And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
(19) And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
(20) And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
(21) And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
(22) And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
(23) And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
(24) And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
(25) And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
(26) And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
(27) Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
(28) And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
(29) 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.
(30) But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
(31) And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
(32) And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
Thought For This Chapter…
Pride: “Let us make a name”(vs 4). What was one of the motives behind the sinful building of the Tower of Babel? It was pride, man’s desire to exalt and honor himself in the eyes of others. It was pride that eventually led to a majority of mankind rebelling against the Lord. They sought to rule their own lives instead of allowing the Lord to have His way.
Folks, unchecked pride can destroy the testimony and service of the most dedicated Christian. Over and over again, the Bible warns us against allowing pride to get a foothold in our life. This is because pride runs in direct contradiction to trust, humility, knowledge and submission to Christ…
Jeremiah 9:23-24 is great verses to illustrate this…
(23) Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
(24) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
We know by experience that pride affects those around us. We know what is like to work or live with someone who is prideful. Needless to say, it is no fun at all. Those who are prideful will put themselves first and be willing to use others for the sake of self-gain. However, the Christian’s attitude should be the exact opposite…
(3) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
And, finally, the greatest of all motivations the Lord gives us to keep pride from our being is…
(6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
There is not one of us that desires for the Lord to oppose us. May our attitudes, actions and heart continue in a state of humility and trust knowing that He will bless us and walk with us every step of life’s way.