1 At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language.
2 It so happened that as they moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down.
3 They said to one another, "Come, let's make bricks and fire them well." They used brick for stone and tar for mortar.
4 Then they said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let's make ourselves famous so we won't be scattered here and there across the Earth."
5 God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built.
6 God took one look and said, "One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they'll come up with next - they'll stop at nothing!
7 Come, we'll go down and garble their speech so they won't understand each other."
8 Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city.
9 That's how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into "babble." From there God scattered them all over the world.