Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built.
And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.
Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.
Therefore its name was called Ba'bel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
These are the descendants of Shem. When Shem was a hundred years old, he became the father of Arpach'shad two years after the flood;
and Shem lived after the birth of Arpach'shad five hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.
When Arpach'shad had lived thirty-five years, he became the father of Shelah;
and Arpach'shad lived after the birth of Shelah four hundred and three years, and had other sons and daughters.
When Shelah had lived thirty years, he became the father of Eber;
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