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Genesis 11:1-7 (New International Version)

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The Tower of Babel

1 Now the whole world had one language1 and a common speech. 2 As men moved eastward,a they found a plain in Shinarb2 and settled there. 3 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. 4 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."9 5 But the LORD came down10 to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 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. 7 Come, let us12 go down13 and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."14
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