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The Tower of Babel
(New American Standard
(This story occurs in the Old Testament occurs
following the Flood, and is sometimes used as a parable for the vanity
of humanistic or worldly schemes to reform human society and thus
contest Divine dispensation.)
the whole Earth used the same language and the same words.
it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of
Shinar and settled there.
3 And they said to one another, "Come, let us
make bricks and burn them thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and they
used tar for mortar.
4 And they said, "Come, let us build for
ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make
for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the
tower which the sons of men had built.
6 And the LORD
said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same
language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they
purpose to do will be impossible for them."
7 "Come, let Us go
down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from
there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.
9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the
language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over
the face of the whole earth
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