Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building.
The Lord said, "If, as one people all having the same language, they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Come, let Us go down there and confusea their languageb so that they will not understand one another's speech."c8
So the Lord scattered them from there over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city.
Therefore its name is called Babylon,d for there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
These are the family records of Shem. Shem lived 100 years and fathered Arpachshad two years after the deluge.
After he fathered Arpachshad, Shem lived 500 years and fathered [other] sons and daughters.
Arpachshad lived 35 yearse and fathered Shelah.
After he fathered Shelah, Arpachshad lived 403 years and fathered [other] sons and daughters.
Shelah lived 30 years and fathered Eber.
After he fathered Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and fathered [other] sons and daughters.