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Genesis 11:1-11 NIV

The Tower of Babel

1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.

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2 As people moved eastward,a they found a plain in Shinarb and settled there.

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    • ‘ 11:2 - Or "from the east" ; or "in the east"
    • ’ 11:2 - That is, Babylonia
      3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.

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      4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
      5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.

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      6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

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          7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

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          8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.

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          9 That is why it was called Babelc —because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

          References for Genesis 11:9

            • “ 11:9 - That is, Babylon; "Babel" sounds like the Hebrew for "confused" .

              From Shem to Abram

              10 This is the account of Shem’s family line. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the fatherd of Arphaxad.

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                • ” 11:10 - "Father" may mean "ancestor" ; also in verses 11-25.
                  11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.

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                  • a 11:2 - Or "from the east" ; or "in the east"
                  • b 11:2 - That is, Babylonia
                  • c 11:9 - That is, Babylon; "Babel" sounds like the Hebrew for "confused" .
                  • d 11:10 - "Father" may mean "ancestor" ; also in verses 11-25.
                  • e 11:13 - Hebrew; Septuagint (see also Luke 3:35, 36 and note at Gen. 10:24) "35 years, he became the father of Cainan. " 13"And after he became the father of Cainan, Arphaxad lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters, and then he died. When Cainan had lived 130 years, he became the father of Shelah. And after he became the father of Shelah, Cainan lived 330 years and had other sons and daughters"