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Genesis 11:1-9 (New American Standard)

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Universal Language, Babel, Confusion

1 Now the whole earth aused the same language and bthe same words. 2 It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land 1of Shinar and csettled there. 3 They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and they used 2tar for mortar. 4 They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top 3will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves 4a name, otherwise we 5will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." 5 6The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 The LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have d7the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be eimpossible for them. 7 "Come, 8let Us go down and there 9confuse their flanguage, so that they will not understand one another's gspeech." 8 So the LORD 10scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called h11Babel, because there the LORD confused the ilanguage of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.
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