1 Now the whole earth had one language and one 1 speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land a of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and 2 bake them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower b whose top is in the heavens; let us make a c name for ourselves, lest we d be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." 5 e But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the LORD said, "Indeed f the people are one and they all have g one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they h propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 "Come, i let Us go down and there j confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." 8 So k the LORD scattered them abroad from there l over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called 3 Babel, m because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.