The Brown Bible
The Bible Story of the Beginning, when God Created the Earth.
Covering Genesis 1 to 12:4; Psalms 104:6-9; Joshua 1:8; Matthew 24:37-39;
Luke 17:26-27; Hebrews 11:5; 2Peter 2:4-9;3:2-7; and Jude 14-21.
- When God began to create the sky and the
- the land was a shapeless desolate (empty) waste and the surface of the ocean was in darkness. The Spirit of God moved gently over the water.
- Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
- God saw that the light was pleasant and agreeable to the senses, so he separated the light from the darkness.
- And God named the light "day", and the darkness "night". Evening passed, and then morning. This was the first day.
- Then God said, "Let there be a great expanse of atmosphere between the waters to separate the water in two.
- So, God made the air that separated the water. He placed some of the water above the air and some below the air. And it happened.
- God named the atmosphere "sky". Evening passed, and then morning. This was the second day.
- Then God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered together so that dry ground will appear." And so it happened.
- God named the dry ground "land" and the water that He gathered together, He called "seas". God saw that it was pleasant and agreeable to the senses so He approved it.
- Then God said, "Let the land sprout tender plants: some to make grain as seeds, and others to make fruits with the seeds in them. Each kind of seed will [only] produce its own kind of plant. And so it happened.
- The land sprouted tender plants of every kind, some sprouted as seed-bearing plants, and others sprouted as trees that made fruit with the seeds in them. Each kind of seed grew its own kind of plant. God saw that it was pleasant and agreeable to the senses so He approved it.
- Evening passed, and then morning. This was the third day.
- Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from night. These lights will be used for signs, as tokens of God's promises; and to indicate seasons, days, and years.
- They will be in the expanse of the sky to give light to the land." And so it happened.
- Then God made two big lights. He made the brighter light to rule the day and He made the smaller light to rule the night and the stars.
- And God put them in the expanse of the sky to shine on the land,
- to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that all these things were good, they were pleasant and agreeable to the senses so He approved it.
- Evening passed, and then morning. This was the fourth day.
- Then God said, "Let the water be abundantly filled with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly in the expanse of the sky above the land."
- So God created the large sea animals and every living creature that moves in the sea. The sea is abundantly filled with these swarms of living creatures, with each one producing more of its own kind. He also made every bird that flies, and each bird produced more of its own kind. God saw that this was good, both pleasant and agreeable to the senses so He approved of it.
- God blessed them and said, "Have many young ones so that you may grow in number. Fill the water of the seas, and let the birds grow in number on the land."
- Evening passed, and then morning. This was the fifth day.
- Then God said, "Let the land be filled with animals, each producing more of its own kind. Let there be tame animals and small crawling animals and wild animals, and let each produce more of its kind." And so it happened.
- So God made the wild animals, the tame animals, and all the small crawling animals to produce more of their own kind. God saw that this was good, both pleasant and agreeable to the senses so He approved of it.
- Then God said, "Let Us make human beings in our image and likeness. And let them rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the animals, over all the land, and over all the small crawling animals on the land."
- So God created human beings in His image. In the image of God He created him. He created them male and female.
- God blessed them and said to them, "Have many children and grow in number. Fill the land and master it in order to serve God. Rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds in the sky and over every living thing that moves on the land."
- God said, "See, I have given you all the tender plants that are seed-bearing which are found over the whole land, and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit. They will be food for you to eat.
- I have given every green plant for food to every living thing, every bird that flies in the air, and every animal that walks on the ground." And so it happened.
- God looked at everything he had made, and it was very good, it was pleasant and agreeable to the senses so He approved it. Evening passed, and then morning. This was the sixth day.
- So the sky and the land, and all things that filled them were finished.
- On the seventh day God finished the work that He had been doing, so on the seventh day He rested from all His work that He had done.
- And God blessed the seventh day and set it apart to be His own holy day, because on that day He rested from all His work He had done of creating to make the world.
- So, that is the story of the sky and land when they were created.
- Now, when the Lord God first made the land and the sky,
- there were still no plants on the land, nor had the grasses sprung up in the field. For the Lord God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to till the soil.
- And so mist went up from the land and watered the whole face of the ground.
- Then the Lord God formed a man out of the dust of the ground and He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and that man became a living person.
- Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, toward the east, and He placed the man whom He had formed into it.
- The Lord God caused every beautiful tree and every tree that was good for food to grow out of the ground. God placed the tree of life and also the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden.
- Now a river flowed out of Eden and watered the garden. From there the river branched into four rivers.
- The first river is called Pishon. It flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.
- The gold of that land is good. Gum resin and onyx stone are also found there.
- The second river is called Gihon, which flows around the whole land of Cush.
- The third river is called Tigris, which flows out of Assyria toward the east. The fourth river is called the Euphrates.
- The Lord God placed the man in the garden of Eden to till it and to care for it.
- And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden,
- but you must not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for as soon as you eat from it, you will die."
- Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable helper who is like him."
- From the ground God formed all the animals of the field and all the birds of the sky, and He brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that became its name.
- And the man gave names to all the tame animals, and to the birds of the sky, and to all the wild animals, But Adam noticed that there was no helper that was like him.
- So the Lord God caused the man to sleep very deeply, and while he slept, God removed one of his ribs, then closed up the place with flesh.
- The Lord God then used the rib from the man and built and formed it into a woman, and then he brought her to the man.
- And the man said: "finally, this is someone whose bones came from my bones, whose body came from my body. I will call her 'woman', because she was taken out of man,"
- That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and the two becomes one body.
- The man and his wife were naked, but they were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other's presence.
- Now the serpent [who is Satan,] was more clever and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, can it really be that God has said, you must not eat from any tree of the garden.
- The woman replied to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit from all the other trees of the garden,
- but God told us, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch it, or you will die.'"
- But the serpent said to the woman, "You are not going to die,
- for God knows that as soon as you eat the fruit from this tree, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God who knows good from evil!"
- So when the woman realized that the tree was beautiful, that its fruit was good to eat, and that it would make her wise. She took some of its fruit and ate it and she also gave some of the fruit to her husband, and he ate it.
- Then their eyes were opened and they realized that they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths to cover themselves.
- Then they heard the sound of the Lord God walking around in the garden during the cool breezy part of the day, and the man and his wife hid from the Lord God among the trees in the garden.
- But the Lord God called to the man and said, "Where are you?"
- He answered, "I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid."
- Then He asked, "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat?"
- The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be at my side, she gave me the fruit from that tree, and I ate it."
- Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" She answered, "The snake tricked me, so I ate the fruit."
- Then the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you did this, you will be more cursed than all the tame and wild beasts. You will crawl on your belly, and you will eat dirt all the days of your life.
- I will put a personal hatred between you and the woman, and between your descendants and her descendants. He will crush your head, and you will bite His heel.
- Then God said to the woman, "I will greatly increase your exertion and pain when you go into labor; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children. Yet you will desire your husband, and he will rule over you."
- Then God said to the man, "because you have listened to your wife and ate from the tree that I commanded you not to eat, The ground is cursed because of you, and all the days of your life you will have to work hard with heavy exertion so that you can eat.
- The ground will produce thorns and weeds for you, so you will have to eat the wild plants of the field.
- By the sweat of your brow, you will eat bread until you return to the ground. For out of the ground, you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you will return."
- The man named his wife Eve because she is the mother of all the living.
- And the Lord God made garments of [animal] skins for Adam and his wife, and dressed them.
- Then the Lord God said, "Now that the man has become like one of us; who knows both good and evil, suppose he were to reach out his hand to also eat the fruit of the tree of life, and live forever!"
- So the Lord God banished the man out of the garden of Eden to till the soil from which he was taken.
- So He drove the man out, and stationed the cherubim east of the garden of Eden with the ever-turning fiery sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
- And the man had sexual relations with his wife Eve. and she became pregnant and bore Cain. And she said, "I have gained a man with the help of the Lord."
- After that, Eve bore his brother Abel. Abel became a shepherd, who took care of sheep, and Cain became a tiller of the soil.
- Some time later, Cain brought some food from the fruit of the ground as an offering to God.
- while Abel also brought some food, but from the best of the firstborn from his flock, he even took the best parts of the fat. Now the Lord had respect and high regard for Abel and He accepted his offering,
- but He paid no heed to Cain and his offering. So Cain became very angry and he felt rejected and downcast.
- And the Lord asked Cain, "Why are you so angry and why do you look so sad and depressed?
- Surely, if you do what is right, you will be happier and I will accept you, but if you do not do what is right, sin is ready at the door [to attack you]. Sin wants you, but you must rule over it."
- Then Cain said to his brother Abel, "Come, lets go into the field." While they were out in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and murdered him.
- And the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel? Cain answered, "I don't know. Is it my job to take care of my brother?"
- And He said, "What have you done? Your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground.
- And now you will be more cursed than the ground which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
- If you till the soil, it will no longer yield its strength to you. You will be a ceaseless wanderer on the land."
- Then Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is more than I can bear!
- Today you have forced me to stop working the soil, and now I must hide from you. I must wander around on the land, and any one who meets me can kill me."
- The Lord said to Cain, "No, I promise! If anyone kills you, I will punish that person seven times more [than you]." And the Lord put a mark on Cain warning anyone who met him not to kill him.
- So Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and lived in the land of Nod, which is east of Eden.
- Cain had sexual relations with his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and named the city after his son Enoch.
- Enoch had a son named Irad, Irad had a son named Mehujael, Mehujael had a son named Methushael, and Methushael had a son named Lamech.
- Lamech married two women, the first was Adah and the second was Zillah.
- Adah gave birth to Jabal, who was the father of those who live in tents and raise cattle.
- Jabal"s brother was Jubal, who was the father of those who play the harp and flute.
- Zillah gave birth to Tubal-Cain, who made tools out of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
- Lamech said to his wives: "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice, you wives of Lamech, listen to the words that I say. I have killed a man for wounding me and a young man for hitting me.
- If Cain's killer is to be punished seven times, then Lamech's killer will be punished seventy-seven times."
- Adam had sexual relations with his wife again, and she conceived and bore a son. And she called his name Seth, which means: "God has given me another child which will take the place of Abel, since Cain killed him".
- Seth, in his time, also had a son, and they named him Enosh. At that time, men began to call on the name of the LORD.
- This is the family history of Adam, When God created human beings, he made them in the likeness of God.
- He created them male and female and blessed them, and at the time of their creation He called them man [kind].
- When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son in his own likeness and image, and he named him Seth.
- After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Adam lived a total of 930 years, then he died.
- When Seth was 105 years old, he had a son named Enosh.
- After Enosh was born, Seth lived 807 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Seth lived a total of 912 years, then he died.
- When Enosh was 90 years old, he had a son named Kenan.
- After Kenan was born, Enosh lived 815 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Enosh lived a total of 905 years, then he died.
- When Kenan was 70 years old, he had a son named Mahalalel.
- After Mahalalel was born, Kenan lived 840 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Kenan lived a total of 910 years, then he died.
- When Mahalalel was 65 years old, he had a son named Jared.
- After Jared was born, Mahalalel lived 830 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, then he died.
- When Jared was 162 years old, he had a son named Enoch.
- After Enoch was born, Jared lived 800 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Jared lived a total of 962 years, then he died.
- When Enoch was 65 years old, he had a son named Methuselah.
- After Methuselah was born, Enoch walked with God 300 years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Enoch lived a total of 365 years.
- Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared, for God took him away.
- When Methuselah was 187 years old, he had a son named Lamech.
- After Lamech was born, Methuselah lived 782 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, then he died.
- When Lamech was 182 years old, he had a son.
- And he named him Noah, saying, "This one will comfort and relieve us from our work and from the toil of our hands, caused by the ground the LORD has cursed."
- After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- So Lamech lived a total of 777 years, then he died.
- When Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
- When mankind began to increase on the land and daughters were born to them,
- the sons of God saw how beautiful the daughters of men were, so they married those whom they liked best.
- Then the Lord said, "My breath of life will not remain in human beings forever, because they are flesh. They will live only 120 years."
- In those days, as well as afterward, the land was populated by giants who were wonderful, strong, mighty, and distinguished. When the sons of God had sexual relations with the daughters of men, and they gave birth to children, they were the famous heroes [or fierce warriors] which existed in ancient times.
- The Lord saw how great man's wickedness had become on the land, and that every imagination and intention they planed was nothing but evil all the time.
- And the Lord regretted that He had ever made man on the land, and His heart was saddened to the core.
- So the Lord said, "I will destroy all human beings that I have created on the land. And I will destroy every animal and reptile that crawls on the land and the birds of the air, because I regret that I ever made them."
- But Noah pleased the LORD.
- This is the family history of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, he had an honest integrity in an [evil] time, and he walked with God.
- Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
- Now God saw that the people of the land were corrupt and did what was evil, and violence was everywhere.
- So when God saw how corrupt the land had become; for everyone on the land was degenerate, perverted, and vicious;
- He said to Noah, "I have decided to put an end to all Mankind, for the land is filled with lawlessness because of them. So I will destroy them with the land.
- Build an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in it and cover it inside and outside with pitch.
- Make it this way, the length of the ark will be 300 cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height 30 cubits.
- Make a roof or an open window that is one cubit wide from the edge of the roof down. Put a door in the side of the Ark, and build the Ark with an upper, middle and lower deck in it.
- I will bring a flood of water on the land to destroy all flesh that lives under the sky which has the breath of life. Everything on the land will die.
- But with you I will establish My covenant [which is My promise and pledge]. You will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives.
- Also, you must bring two of every living thing into the ark to keep alive with you; they will be male and female.
- Two of every kind of bird, animal, and crawling thing will come to you to be kept alive.
- Also see that you gather all the types of food that can be eaten and store it on the ark as food for you and the animals.
- And Noah did so; He did everything that God commanded him.
- Then the Lord said to Noah, "Go into the ark, with all your household, for you alone in this generation have I found to be righteous.
- Of every clean animal you will take seven pairs, each male with their mate, and of every animal that is not clean, a pair, a male with its mate;
- also of the birds of the sky, take seven pairs, each male with its mate, to allow each kind to survive on all the land [after the flood].
- Seven days from now I will send rain on the land for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe off from the land every living creature that I have made.
- And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.
- Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came on the land.
- So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.
- The clean animals, the unclean animals, the birds, and everything that crawls on the ground
- came to Noah and went into the ark in groups of two, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.
- Then at the end of the seven days the waters of the flood came on the land.
- In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, on that very day all the springs of the great deep broke open and the windows of the sky opened up.
- And the rain fell on the land for forty days and forty nights.
- On the very same day that Noah and his wife, his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth, and their wives entered into the ark.
- together with every kind of wild and tame animal, every kind of animal that crawls on the land, and every kind of bird.
- They came to Noah and went into the ark, two by two of all creatures that have the breath of life in them.
- Thus those that entered, male and female of every kind of animal, went in, just as God had commanded him. Then the Lord shut him in by closing the door behind them.
- The flood covered the land for forty days, and as the waters rose it lifted the ark off the ground.
- And the water continued to rise, expanding over the whole land, and the ark drifted on the surface of the water.
- It rose higher and higher until even the highest mountains everywhere under the sky were covered by water.
- In fact, when the mountains were covered, the water rose 15 cubits higher than [even] the highest mountain.
- All living things that moved on the land died, including all birds, tame animals, wild animals, and creatures that swarm on the land, and all people.
- So everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nose and lungs died.
- God destroyed every living thing from the face of the land that was on the land, all people, animals, crawling things, and birds of the sky. All that was left was Noah and those with him in the ark.
- When the waters had dominated and flooded over the land for one hundred fifty days,
- God remembered Noah and all the wild beasts and all the tame animals that were with him in the ark, so God caused a great wind to blow over the land, and the waters went down.
- The springs of the great deep and the windows of the sky were stopped up, and the rain from the sky stopped.
- also the waters that covered the land began to go down.
- So, at the end of the hundred and fifty days, the waters went down.
- And on the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark grounded and came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
- The waters continued to go down until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
- Forty days later Noah opened the window in the ark that he had made, and
- released a raven, which continued to fly back and forth [around the ark] until the waters had dried off the land.
- Then he sent out a dove to see whether the waters had drained away from the surface of the ground.
- However the dove could not find a place to rest her foot, so she returned to him in the ark, for there was water all over the land. So putting out his hand, he took her into the ark with him.
- Noah waited another seven days before he released from the ark, the same dove.
- And that evening, the dove came back to him, with a freshly picked olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the waters were almost gone.
- He then waited still another seven days to release the dove, but she never returned to him again.
- On Noah's birthday, his six hundred and first year, the water had dried up on the land, so when he removed the covering of the ark, he saw that the surface of the ground was indeed dry.
- On the second month, the twenty-seventh day of the month, the land was completely dry.
- So God spoke to Noah,
- "Come out of the ark, you with your wife, your sons, and their wives.
- Bring out with you every living thing of all the types of animls that is with you: birds, animals, and everything that craws on the land; and let them breed in high numbers and be fertile and multiply on the land."
- So Noah came out, together with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives.
- Every animal, everything that crawls on the land, and every bird, everything that moves on the land came out of the ark by families.
- Then Noah built an altar to the Lord. He took from every clean animal and of every clean bird, and he offered these as burnt offerings on the altar.
- When the Lord smelled the pleasing odor, the Lord was satisfied and said to Himself: "Never again will I curse the land because of man, even though the devisings of man's mind are evil from his youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
- As long as the land lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease."
- God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "have many children and multiply, fill the land.
- Every animal on land, every bird in the sky, every animal that crawls on the ground, and every fish in the sea will fear you with terror and dread, they are given into your hands.
- Every creature that moves and is alive will be yours to eat; I now give you all these in the same way that I previously gave you green vegetables and plants.
- But you must never eat meat that still has its life-blood in it.
- But for man's life-blood I will demand their lives; I will demand the life of any animal that kills a person, and I will demand the life of anyone who takes another person's life.
- Whoever kills a human being will be killed by other human beings, because God made man in His own image.
- So Noah, I want you and your family to be fertile and to have many children, multiply over the land and become plentiful.
- Then God said to Noah and his sons,
- "Notice and observe that it is I, Myself; who makes this agreement with you and all your offspring who come after you,
- and also with every living creature that is with you; birds, tame animals, and all the wild animals; Everything that came out of the ark with you. This includes every animal on land.
- I make this agreement with you: It is a pledge that I will keep. I will never again destroy all living things by a flood of water. Never again will I destroy the land with a flood."
- And God said, "This is the sign of the agreement between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, and for all the future generations.
- I place my rainbow in the clouds, and it will serve as the sign of the agreement between me and the land.
- So, when I bring clouds over the land, then the rainbow will appear in the clouds.
- And I will remember and pay attention to my agreement between Me and you and every living creature, so that the waters will never again become a flood to destroy all life on the land.
- When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and I will pay attention to the agreement that will last as long as the land continues, between me and every living thing on the land."
- So God said to Noah, "This rainbow is a sign of the agreement, a solemn pledge, that I make with all living things on land."
- The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan.
- These three were the sons of Noah, and from them originated all the people of the whole world.
- Noah became a farmer and he was the first to plant a vineyard.
- When he drank some wine made from his grapes, he became drunk and lay naked in his tent.
- Ham, the father of Canaan, saw at his naked father and told his brothers outside.
- So Shem and Japheth took a robe and carrying it on both their shoulders, they walked backwards and covered their father's naked body. They kept their faces turned the other way, so that they did not see his nakedness.
- When Noah woke up from his drunkenness and learned what his youngest son had done to him,
- he said, "Canaan is now cursed! He will be the lowest slave of his brothers."
- Noah also said, "Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem. Let Shem be blessed by the Lord my God! And let Canaan be Shem's slave.
- Let God amplify Japheth, and let him live in Shem's tents, and may Canaan be their slave."
- After the flood Noah lived 350 years.
- He lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.
- This is the family history of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah. After the flood, sons were born to them.
- The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.
- The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.
- The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
- It is from these sons of Japheth that the coastland and islands were peopled. They separated because of their different languages and by families to become nations.
- The sons of Ham were Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.
- The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.
- Cush also fathered Nimrod, who boldly magnified himself with pride to become a tyrant that was an uninhibited despot.
- He was a great hunter in the sight of the Lord, which is why people say "like Nimrod, a great hunter before the Lord".
- Initially, Nimrod's kingdom [of Babylon] covered Babel, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar.
- From there he conquered Assyria, where he built the cities of Ninevah, Rehoboth Ir, and Calah.
- He also built Resen, the great city between Nineveh and Calah.
- Egypt was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites,
- Pathrusites, Casluhites, and the people of Crete who the Philistines came from.
- Canaan was the father of Sidon, his first son, and of Heth;
- and the Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites,
- Hivites, Arkites, Sinites,
- Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. The families of the Canaanites scattered.
- The [original] Canaanite territory reached from Sidon to Gerar as far as Gaza, and then to Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.
- All these people were the sons of Ham, listed by their families and languages. Each one had land and a nation.
- Sons were also born to Shem, who is the ancestor of all the sons of Eber [and Abraham]. He is also the older brother of Japheth.
- The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram.
- The sons of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech.
- Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, who was the father of Eber.
- Eber was the father of two sons - one named Peleg, because the land was divided during his life, and the other was named Joktan.
- Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,
- Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,
- Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
- Ophir, Havilah, and Jabab. All these people were the sons of Joktan.
- They lived in the eastern hill country, extending from Mesha to as far as Sephar.
- All these people were the sons of Shem, listed by their families and languages. Each one had land and a nation.
- So these were the families of the sons of Noah, arranged according to their family origins, by their nations. From these families came all the people groups and nations who spread across the land after the flood.
- Now the whole world spoke one language, and everyone used the same words with the same accent.
- As people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.
- They said to each other, "Let's make bricks and bake them hard." So they used bricks instead of stones, and tar as mortar.
- Then they said "Why don't we build a city with a tower that will reach high into the sky. We will be famous. Then we will not be forced to scatter all over the land."
- The Lord came down to look at the city and the tower that the people had built.
- And the Lord said, "Look, these people are united and they all speak the same language. If this is what they do when they are starting out, they will be able to do anything, nothing that they conceive of will be beyond their reach.
- Come, let Us go down and confuse their language so they will not be able to understand each other."
- So the Lord scattered them in every direction, over the whole surface of the land, and so they were forced to stop building the city.
- That is why the place is called Babel. It is where the Lord confused the language of the whole world. So from there the Lord forced them to scatter over the whole surface of the land.
- This is the family history of Shem, two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he had a son named Arphaxad.
- After Arphaxad was born, Shem lived 500 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- When Arphaxad was 35 years old, he had a son named Shelah.
- After Shelah was born, Arphaxad lived 403 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- When Shelah was 35 years old, he had a son named Eber.
- After Eber was born, Shelah lived 403 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- When Eber was 34 years old, he had a son named Peleg.
- After Peleg was born, Eber lived 430 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- When Peleg was 30 years old, he had a son named Reu.
- After Reu was born, Peleg lived 209 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- When Reu was 32 years old, he had a son named Serug.
- After Serug was born, Reu lived 207 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- When Serug was 30 years old, he had a son named Nahor.
- After Nahor was born, Serug lived 207 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- When Nahor was 29 years old, he had a son named Terah.
- After Terah was born, Nahor lived 119 more years and he had other sons and daughters.
- When Terah was 70 years old, he had three sons named Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
- This is the family history of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran was the father of Lot.
- Haran died in his native land, the land of his birth in the Chaldean city of Ur, when Terah, his father was still alive.
- Abram and Nahor both picked wives and got married. Abram's wife was named Sarai, and Nahor's wife was named Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran, who was the father of both Milcah and Iscah.
- But Sarai was sterile and had no children.
- Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (Haran's son), and his daughter-in-law Sarai (Abram's wife) and moved out of the chaldean city of Ur. They had planned to go to the land of Canaan, but when they had come as far as the city of Haran, they settled there.
- Terah lived 205 years, and then he died in Haran.
- The Lord said to Abram, "for your own benefit, leave your piece of ground, your relatives, and your father's home, and go to the land I will show you.
- I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you abundantly. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing to others.
- I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who harm or curse you. And all the families on the land will be blessed through you.
- So Abram left Haran andwent out as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. . . .
- . . . The water level was above the mountains.
- But at your commanding rebuke, the water hurried away. When you thundered, the waters rushed away.
- The mountains rose, the valleys sank, and the water went to the places you made for it.
- You have determined where the boundaries of seas are to be, so that they cannot overflow the edge. The water will never again flood the whole earth.
- Do not let this Book of the Teaching cease from your lips, but study and recite it day and night to meditate on its teachings, so that you may faithfully observe and obey all that is written in it. Only then will you prosper in your undertakings and only then will you be successful.
- It was because of his faith that Enoch was taken from earth to heaven without experiencing death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. Before he was taken, his life was such that he was a man who truly pleased God.
- Enoch, who is the seventh descendant from Adam, prophesied against these people: "Look, the Lord is coming with his uncountable gathering of holy angels
- to execute judgment on all people and to convict all the ungodly people both of all the ungodly evil they have done and of the offensive and intolerable words these ungodly people used against God."
- These people complain against God and are dissatisfied with life. They follow the craving of their degenerate passions, going after what is forbidden. They brag with proud and boastful words but if it serves their own purpose, they will show others respect to get their own way.
- But remember, dear friends, what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted.
- for they told you that in the last days there will be people who mock God, who follow the craving of their degenerate passions, going after what is forbidden.
- These are the people who cause divisions, who do not have the Spirit, and they follow their animal-like passions.
- Now dear friends, add to the foundation you have with a constant increase in Christian knowledge using your holiest faith by prayer in the Holy Spirit.
- Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait, looking forward to the day of His mercy when our Lord Jesus Christ will give you life forever.
2 Peter 3
- . . . Think about the things predicted by the holy prophets and what the Lord and Saviour Commanded to us through the apostles.
- First of all, you must understand that in the last days, people will laugh and make fun of you. These people follow the craving of their degenerate passions, going after what is forbidden.
- They will say: "What has happened to His promised coming? Where is He? All our fathers have died, but the world continues on exactly as it always has been. Its been that way since it was made."
- For they choose to ignore that long ago, through the Word of God, the sky was created and the land was made to stand out of the water, so it was surrounded with water.
- Also, that the land which then existed was destroyed by being covered with water.
- But the same word of God keeps the present sky and land in store so it can be destroyed by fire in the day of judgment when ungodly people are destroyed.
2 Peter 2
- For if God did not spare angels who sinned against Him, but forced them in chains of darkness into Hell to wait out their time until judgment.
- And if He did not spare the ungodly people of the ancient world when He covered the land with water. (Only Noah, who preached righteousness, and seven others were preserved.)
- And if God reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes, condemning them to be destroyed; Thus warning the ungodly, showing them what is to come.
- And if God rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy and outrageous behavior of lawless wicked people.
- (That upright man was tormented in his righteous soul while living with them day after day, because of the lawless acts he both saw and heard.)
- If this is so then the Lord knows how to rescue God-fearing people from trials and temptations and to keep the wicked for the day of judgment to be punished.
- What people did in Noah's day, they will also do when the Son of Man comes.
- For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the very day Noah entered the ark.
- And they did not know what was going to happen until the flood came which destroyed them all. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes. Matthew 24:37-39.
- In the time of the Son of Man, people will do what they did in Noah's day.
- People were eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, until the very day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:26-27
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