Now the whole world had one language1 and a common speech.
As men moved eastward,a they found a plain in Shinarb2 and settled there.
They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks3 and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone,4 and tar5 for mortar.
Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens,6 so that we may make a name7 for ourselves and not be scattered8 over the face of the whole earth."95
But the LORD came down10 to see the city and the tower that the men were building.
The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language11 they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.