Genesis 11:1-4 NIV

The Tower of Babel

1 Now the whole world had one language1 and a common speech.

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2 As men moved eastward,a they found a plain in Shinarb2 and settled there.

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    • a 11:2 - Or "from the east "; or "in the east"
    • b 11:2 - That is, Babylonia
      3 They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks3 and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone,4 and tar5 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,6 so that we may make a name7 for ourselves and not be scattered8 over the face of the whole earth."9