Bible: Genesis 11:1-9

The Dispersion of the Nations at Babel

11:1 The whole earth 1  had a common language and a common vocabulary. 2  11:2 When the people 3  moved eastward, 4  they found a plain in Shinar 5  and settled there. 11:3 Then they said to one another, 6 Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” 7  (They had brick instead of stone and tar 8  instead of mortar.) 9  11:4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens 10  so that 11  we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise 12  we will be scattered 13  across the face of the entire earth.”

11:5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people 14  had started 15  building. 11:6 And the Lord said, “If as one people all sharing a common language 16  they have begun to do this, then 17  nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. 18  11:7 Come, let’s go down and confuse 19  their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.” 20 

11:8 So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building 21  the city. 11:9 That is why its name was called 22  Babel 23 because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth.

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