That is why it was called Babel[a](A)—because there the Lord confused the language(B) of the whole world.(C) From there the Lord scattered(D) them over the face of the whole earth.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 11:9 That is, Babylon; Babel sounds like the Hebrew for confused.

13 Although the peoples roar(A) like the roar of surging waters,
    when he rebukes(B) them they flee(C) far away,
driven before the wind like chaff(D) on the hills,
    like tumbleweed before a gale.(E)

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15 They flee(A) from the sword,(B)
    from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow
    and from the heat of battle.

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All your leaders have fled(A) together;
    they have been captured(B) without using the bow.
All you who were caught were taken prisoner together,
    having fled while the enemy was still far away.

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At the uproar of your army,(A) the peoples flee;(B)
    when you rise up,(C) the nations scatter.

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“In that day,” declares the Lord,
    “the king and the officials will lose heart,(A)
the priests will be horrified,
    and the prophets will be appalled.”(B)

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