And the whole earth was of one language
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
 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.

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

Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2013-05-08
Line count: 32
Word count: 234