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And the whole earth was of one language

Language: English

 And the whole earth was of one language,
 and of one speech.
 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east,
 that they found a plain in the land of Shi'nar,
 and they dwelt there.
 And they said to one another, Go to,
 let us make brick, and burn them throughly.
 And they had brick for stone,
 and slime had they for mortar.
 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 on the face of the whole earth.
 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower,
 which the children of men builded.

 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.
 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language,
 that they may not understand one another's speech.

 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence
 upon the face of all the earth:
 and they left off to build the city.
 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.

Translation(s): FRE

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Babel", Genèse 11: 1-9, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2013-05-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21
Line count: 32
Word count: 234

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Language: French (Français) after the English

 Et toute la terre avait une seule langue,
 et le même discours.
 Et il advint, comme ils voyageaient depuis l'est,
 qu'ils trouvèrent une plaine dans la terre de Shinéar,
 et ils s'installèrent là.
 Et ils se dirent l'un à l'autre, Allons,
 faisons des briques, et cuisons-les complètement.
 Et ils eurent des briques comme pierres
 et de la boue comme mortier.
 Et ils dirent, Allons, construisons une ville
 et une tour, dont le sommet puisse atteindre le ciel ;
 et faisons-nous un nom,
 de peur d'être dispersés sur la surface de toute la terre.
 Et Le Seigneur descendit pour voir la ville et la tour,
 que les enfants des hommes construisaient.

 Regardez, le peuple est unique et ils ont une seule langue ;
 et ce qu'ils commencent à faire ;
 et maintenant rien ne sera hors d'atteinte pour eux,
 de ce qu'ils auront imaginé de faire.
 Allons, descendons, et là confondons leur langue,
 de sorte qu'ils ne puissent pas comprendre le discours d'un autre.

 Ainsi le Seigneur les dispersa loin de là,
 sur la surface de toute la terre :
 et ils cessèrent de construire la ville.
 Aussi elle fut appelée Babel ;
 parce que le Seigneur confondit là
 la langue de toute la terre :
 et de là le Seigneur les dispersa
 sur la surface de toute la terre.

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Text added to the website: 2013-06-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:15
Line count: 32
Word count: 222