And the whole earth was of onelanguage,a and of onespeech.2
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they saidbone to another, Go to , let us makebrick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slimehad they for morter.4
And they said , Go to , let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.5
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of menbuilded .
And the LORDsaid , Behold, the people is one, and they have all onelanguage; and this they begin to do : and now nothingwill be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do .
Go to , let us go down , and there confound their language,that they may not understandoneanother'sspeech.8
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.9
Therefore is the name of itcalledBabel;c because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.