Parallel Bible results for Genesis 11:1-9

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Genesis 11:1-9

NLT 1 At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. NIV 1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. NLT 2 As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there. NIV 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. NLT 3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) NIV 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. NLT 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” NIV 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." NLT 5 But the came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. NIV 5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. NLT 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! NIV 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. NLT 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.” NIV 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other." NLT 8 In that way, the scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. NIV 8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. NLT 9 That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world. NIV 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.