Compare Translations for Genesis 11:8

Genesis 11:8 ASV
So Jehovah scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 BBE
So the Lord God sent them away into every part of the earth: and they gave up building their town.
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Genesis 11:8 CEB
Then the LORD dispersed them from there over all of the earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 CJB
So from there ADONAI scattered them all over the earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 RHE
And so the Lord scattered them from that place into all lands, and they ceased to build the city.
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Genesis 11:8 ESV
So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 GW
So the LORD scattered them all over the face of the earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 GNT
So the Lord scattered them all over the earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 HNV
So the LORD scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the eretz. They stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 CSB
So the Lord scattered them from there over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 KJV
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
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Genesis 11:8 LEB
So Yahweh scattered them from there over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 NAS
So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth ; and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 NCV
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 NIRV
So the LORD scattered them from there over the whole earth. And they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 NIV
So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 NKJV
So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 NLT
In that way, the LORD scattered them all over the earth; and that ended the building of the city.
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Genesis 11:8 NRS
So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 RSV
So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 DBY
And Jehovah scattered them thence over the face of the whole earth. And they left off building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 MSG
Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 WBT
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
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Genesis 11:8 TMB
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth; and they left off building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 TNIV
So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 TYN
Thus ye LORde skatered them from thence vppon all the erth. And they left of to buylde the cyte.
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Genesis 11:8 WEB
So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city.
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Genesis 11:8 WYC
And so the Lord separated them from that place into all (the) lands; and they ceased to build the city.
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Genesis 11:8 YLT
And Jehovah doth scatter them from thence over the face of all the earth, and they cease to build the city;
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Genesis 11 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 11

One language in the world, The building of Babel. (1-4) The confusion of tongues, The builders of Babel dispersed. (5-9) The descendants of Shem. (10-26) Terah, father of Abram, grandfather of Lot, they remove to Haran. (27-32)

Verses 1-4 How soon men forget the most tremendous judgments, and go back to their former crimes! Though the desolations of the deluge were before their eyes, though they sprang from the stock of righteous Noah, yet even during his life-time, wickedness increases exceedingly. Nothing but the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit can remove the sinful lusts of the human will, and the depravity of the human heart. God's purpose was, that mankind should form many nations, and people all lands. In contempt of the Divine will, and against the counsel of Noah, the bulk of mankind united to build a city and a tower to prevent their separating. Idolatry was begun, and Babel became one of its chief seats. They made one another more daring and resolute. Let us learn to provoke one another to love and to good works, as sinners stir up and encourage one another to wicked works.

Verses 5-9 Here is an expression after the manner of men; The Lord came down to see the city. God is just and fair in all he does against sin and sinners, and condemns none unheard. Pious Eber is not found among this ungodly crew; for he and his are called the children of God; their souls joined not themselves to the assembly of these children of men. God suffered them to go on some way, that the works of their hands, from which they promised themselves lasting honour, might turn to their lasting reproach. God has wise and holy ends, in allowing the enemies of his glory to carry on their wicked projects a great way, and to prosper long. Observe the wisdom and mercy of God, in the methods taken for defeating this undertaking. And the mercy of God in not making the penalty equal to the offence; for he deals not with us according to our sins. The wisdom of God, in fixing upon a sure way to stop these proceedings. If they could not understand one another, they could not help one another; this would take them off from their building. God has various means, and effectual ones, to baffle and defeat the projects of proud men that set themselves against him, and particularly he divides them among themselves. Notwithstanding their union and obstinacy God was above them; for who ever hardened his heart against him, and prospered? Their language was confounded. We all suffer by it to this day: in all the pains and trouble used to learn the languages we have occasion for, we suffer for the rebellion of our ancestors at Babel. Nay, and those unhappy disputes, which are strifes of words, and arise from misunderstanding one another's words, for aught we know, are owing to this confusion of tongues. They left off to build the city. The confusion of their tongues not only unfitted them for helping one another, but they saw the hand of the Lord gone out against them. It is wisdom to leave off that which we see God fights against. God is able to blast and bring to nought all the devices and designs of Babel-builders: there is no wisdom nor counsel against the Lord. The builders departed according to their families, and the tongue they spake, to the countries and places allotted to them. The children of men never did, nor ever will, come all together again, till the great day, when the Son of man shall sit upon the throne of his glory, and all nations shall be gathered before him.

Verses 10-26 Here is a genealogy, or list of names, ending in Abram, the friend of God, and thus leading towards Christ, the promised Seed, who was the son of Abram. Nothing is left upon record but their names and ages; the Holy Ghost seeming to hasten through them to the history of Abram. How little do we know of those that are gone before us in this world, even of those that lived in the same places where we live, as we likewise know little of those who now live in distant places! We have enough to do to mind our own work. When the earth began to be peopled, men's lives began to shorten; this was the wise disposal of Providence.

Verses 27-32 Here begins the story of Abram, whose name is famous in both Testaments. Even the children of Eber had become worshippers of false gods. Those who are through grace, heirs of the land of promise, ought to remember what was the land of their birth; what was their corrupt and sinful state by nature. Abram's brethren were, Nahor, out of whose family both Isaac and Jacob had their wives; and Haran, the father of Lot, who died before his father. Children cannot be sure that they shall outlive their parents. Haran died in Ur, before the happy removal of the family out of that idolatrous country. It concerns us to hasten out of our natural state, lest death surprise us in it. We here read of Abram's departure out of Ur of the Chaldees, with his father Terah, his nephew Lot, and the rest of his family, in obedience to the call of God. This chapter leaves them about mid-way between Ur and Canaan, where they dwelt till Terah's death. Many reach to Charran, and yet fall short of Canaan; they are not far from the kingdom of God, and yet never come thither.

Genesis 11 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 11

Genesis 11:1-32 . CONFUSION OF TONGUES.

1. the whole earth was of one language. The descendants of Noah, united by the strong bond of a common language, had not separated, and notwithstanding the divine command to replenish the earth, were unwilling to separate. The more pious and well-disposed would of course obey the divine will; but a numerous body, seemingly the aggressive horde mentioned ( Genesis 10:10 ), determined to please themselves by occupying the fairest region they came to.

2. land of Shinar--The fertile valley watered by the Euphrates and Tigris was chosen as the center of their union and the seat of their power.

3. brick--There being no stone in that quarter, brick is, and was, the only material used for building, as appears in the mass of ruins which at the Birs Nimroud may have been the very town formed by those ancient rebels. Some of these are sun-dried--others burnt in the kiln and of different colors.
slime--bitumen, a mineral pitch, which, when hardened, forms a strong cement, commonly used in Assyria to this day, and forming the mortar found on the burnt brick remains of antiquity.

4. a tower whose top may reach unto heaven--a common figurative expression for great height ( Deuteronomy 1:28 , 9:1-6 ).
lest we be scattered--To build a city and a town was no crime; but to do this to defeat the counsels of heaven by attempting to prevent emigration was foolish, wicked, and justly offensive to God.

6. and now nothing will be restrained from them--an apparent admission that the design was practicable, and would have been executed but for the divine interposition.

7. confound their language--literally, "their lip"; it was a failure in utterance, occasioning a difference in dialect which was intelligible only to those of the same tribe. Thus easily by God their purpose was defeated, and they were compelled to the dispersion they had combined to prevent. It is only from the Scriptures we learn the true origin of the different nations and languages of the world. By one miracle of tongues men were dispersed and gradually fell from true religion. By another, national barriers were broken down--that all men might be brought back to the family of God.

28. Ur--now Orfa; that is, "light, or "fire." Its name probably derived from its being devoted to the rites of fire-worship. Terah and his family were equally infected with that idolatry as the rest of the inhabitants ( Joshua 24:15 ).

31. Sarai his daughter-in-law--the same as Iscah [ Genesis 11:29 ], granddaughter of Terah, probably by a second wife, and by early usages considered marriageable to her uncle, Abraham.
they came unto Haran--two days' journey south-southeast from Ur, on the direct road to the ford of the Euphrates at Rakka, the nearest and most convenient route to Palestine.