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4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens,(A) so that we may make a name(B) for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered(C) over the face of the whole earth.”(D)
5 But the Lord came down(E) to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language(F) they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us(G) go down(H) and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”(I)
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth,(J) and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[a](K)—because there the Lord confused the language(L) of the whole world.(M) From there the Lord scattered(N) them over the face of the whole earth.
- Genesis 11:9 That is, Babylon; Babel sounds like the Hebrew for confused.