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Genesis 11:1-9

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The Tower of Babel
11
1 At first everyone spoke the same language, 2 but after some of them moved from the east
m 11.2 from the east: Or “to the east.”
and settled in Babylonia,
n 11.2 Babylonia: See the note at 10.6-20.
3-4 they said:
Let's build a city with a tower that reaches to the sky! We'll use hard bricks and tar instead of stone and mortar. We'll become famous, and we won't be scattered all over the world.
5 But when the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower, 6 he said:
These people are working together because they all speak the same language. This is just the beginning. Soon they will be able to do anything they want. 7 Come on! Let's go down and confuse them by making them speak different languages—then they won't be able to understand each other.
8-9 So the people had to stop building the city, because the Lord confused their language and scattered them all over the earth. That's how the city of Babel
o 11.8,9 Babel: In Hebrew “Babel” sounds like “confused.”
got its name.

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