Genesis 11:1-9

Rotherham(i) 1 So it came to pass that, all the earth, was of one manner of speech,—and of one stock of words. 2 And it came to pass as they brake away onwards, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt there. 3 Then said they, each man to his friend, Come on! let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly,—So the bricks, served them for stone, and bitumen, served them for mortar, 4 And they said Come on! let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower with its head in the heavens, so let us make for ourselves a name,—lest we be scattered abroad over the face of all the earth. 5 And Yahweh came down, to behold the city, and the tower,—which the sons of men had built. 6 Then said Yahweh: Lo! one people and one manner of speech, have they all, this, then is what they have begun to do,—now, therefore, nothing will be withholden from them which they may plan to do. 7 Come on! let us go down, and there confuse their speech,—that they may not under-stand, each man the speech of his friend. 8 So Yahweh scattered them from thence over the face of all the earth,—and so they left off building the city. 9 For this cause, was the name thereof called Babel [="Confusion"]; because there, did Yahweh confuse the speech of all the earth,—and, from thence, did Yahweh scatter them abroad, over the face of all the earth.