The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 11:1–9

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And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.

And all the earth was one lip, and there was one language to all.

NOW the whole earth spoke one language and with one manner of speech.

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And it came to pass, as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

And when they were advancing from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt in it.

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And they said one to another: 'Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.' And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.

And a man said to his neighbour, Come, let us make bricks and bake them with fire. And the brick was to them for stone, and their mortar was bitumen.

And each one said to his neighbor, “Come, let us make bricks, and bake them with fire.” And they had bricks instead of stones, and pitch instead of mortar.

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And they said: 'Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, with its top in heaven, and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.'

And they said, Come, let us build to ourselves a city and tower, whose top shall be to heaven, and let us make to ourselves a name, before we are scattered abroad upon the face of all the earth.

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And YHWH came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men built.

Then the Lord descended to see the city and the tower, which the sons of Adam were building.

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And YHWH said: 'Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do; and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do.

And the Lord said, Behold, there is one race, and one lip of all, and they have begun to do this, and now nothing shall fail from them of all that they may have undertaken to do.

And he said: “Behold, the people are united, and all have one tongue. And since they have begun to do this, they will not desist from their plans, until they have completed their work.

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Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.'

Come, and having gone down let us there confound their tongue, that they may not understand each the voice of his neighbour.

Therefore, come, let us descend, and in that place confound their tongue, so that they may not listen, each one to the voice of his neighbor.”

So YHWH scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth; and they left off to build the city.

And the Lord scattered them thence over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city and the tower.

And so the Lord divided them from that place into all the lands, and they ceased to build the city.

Therefore was the name of it called Babel; because YHWH did there confound the language of all the earth; and from thence did the YHWH scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

On this account its name was called Confusion, because there the Lord confounded the languages of all the earth, and thence the Lord scattered them upon the face of all the earth.

And for this reason, its name was called ‘Babel,’ because in that place the language of the whole earth became confused. And from then on, the Lord scattered them across the face of every region.