|The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.|
The First Book of Moses, Called
The Tower of Babel
|1||And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.|
|2||And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.|
|3||And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.|
|4||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 upon the face of the whole earth.|
|5||And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.|
|6||And the LORD said, 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.|
|7||Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.|
|8||So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.|
|9||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.|
Two of my favourite studies of the Tower of Babel by Brugel.
The Tower of Babel – a fascinating story from the Genesis. Why did God do that? In the early texts of the Genesis, there was no mention of man’s sinning. Even in this King James Bible version (17th century, best English Bible!) God’s motive is ambivalent. The Puritants decided it was for man’s pride that the punishment was given. But is it really our pride? Or is it purely God’s unaccountable wrath? But anyway, that explains how humankind never understand each other. Babel – a story about failures in communication.
I tried to convey how much I needed you, but you never understood.
I said I would have nothing to do with you, and you thought I was making a joke.
We spoke the same language, and we never spoke the same language.