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Genesis 11:1-9 American Standard Version (ASV)

11 And the whole earth was of one [a]language and of one [b]speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed [c]east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and [d]slime had they for mortar. And they said, Come, 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. And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And Jehovah 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. Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So Jehovah scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city. Therefore was the name of it called Babel; because Jehovah did there [e]confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did Jehovah scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.


  1. Genesis 11:1 Hebrew lip.
  2. Genesis 11:1 Hebrew words.
  3. Genesis 11:2 Or, in the east
  4. Genesis 11:3 That is, bitumen.
  5. Genesis 11:9 Hebrew balal, to confound.

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