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Genesis 11:1-9

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1. Now there was for all the earth a single voice and a single set of words wayehîy kol-hâ’ârets sâphâh ’echath ûdebârîym ’achadîym
2. and on their trail from the east they found a vale in the land of Shin‘ar, and they settled there. wayehîy benâçe‘âm miqqedem wayyimtse’û biqe‘âh be’erets shin‘âr wayyishebû shâm
3. Then they spoke, every man to his fellow, “Come, let us bake bricks and fire them fiercely”, and so for them baked bricks were stone blocks, and tar for them was mortar, wayyô’merû ’îysh ’el-rê‘êhû hâbâh nilbenâh lebênîym wenisrephâh liserêphâh wattehîy lâhem hallebênâh le’âben wahachêmâr hâyâh lâhem lachômer
4. and they said, “Come, let us make for ourselves a town and a tower whose head is in the heavens and take for ourselves a name, lest we be scattered across the face of all the earth.” wayyô’merû hâbâh nibeneh-lânû ‘îyr ûmigdol werô’shôw bashshâmayim wena‘aseh-lanû shêm pen-naphûts ‘al-penêy kol-hâ’ârets
5. Then Yahweh came down to see the town and the tower set up by the seed of Adam wayyêred YHWH lire’ôth ’eth-hâ‘îyr we’eth-hammigdol ’asher bânû benêy hâ’âdâm
6. and Yahweh spoke: “See a single people and a single voice for all, and this they set out to make. For now, nothing is beyond their reach that they can scheme to make: wayyô’mer YHWH hên ‘am ’echâd wesâphâh ’achath lekullâm wezeh hachillâm la‘asôwth we‘attâh lô’-yibâtsêr mêhem kol ’asher yâzemû lâ‘aôwth
7. Come, let us go down and break there their voice so no man can hear the voice of his fellow.” hâbâh nêredâh wenâbelâh shâm sephâthâm ’asher lô’ yishme‘û ’îysh sephath rê’êhû
8. So Yahweh scattered them from there across the face of all the earth, and they deserted the foundation of the town. wayyâphets YHWH ’ôthâm mishshâm ‘al-penêy kol-hâ’ârets wayyachdelû libenôth hâ‘îyr
9. On this account Babel was proclaimed as its name, for there Yahweh broke open the babble of all the earth and from there Yahweh scattered them across the face of all the earth. ‘al-kên qârâ’ shemâh bâbel kîy-shâm bâlal YHWH sephath kol-hâ’ârets ûmishshâm hephîytsâm YHWH ‘al-penêy kol-hâ’ârets
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