Genesis 11:1-9 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
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. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to , let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 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.
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. 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 and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded . 5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.
6 And the LORD said , Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do : and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do . 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.
7 Go to , let us go down , and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; 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. 9 That is why it was called Babel--because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.