Genesis 11:5
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New International Version
But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.

New Living Translation
But the LORD came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building.

English Standard Version
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

King James Bible
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building.

International Standard Version
However, the LORD descended to look over the city and the tower that the humans were building.

NET Bible
But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the people had started building.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the descendants of Adam were building.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

New American Standard 1977
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of the man built.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.

American King James Version
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of Adam were building.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built.

English Revised Version
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men were building.

World English Bible
Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah cometh down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men have builded;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
11:5-9 Here is an expression after the manner of men; The Lord came down to see the city. God is just and fair in all he does against sin and sinners, and condemns none unheard. Pious Eber is not found among this ungodly crew; for he and his are called the children of God; their souls joined not themselves to the assembly of these children of men. God suffered them to go on some way, that the works of their hands, from which they promised themselves lasting honour, might turn to their lasting reproach. God has wise and holy ends, in allowing the enemies of his glory to carry on their wicked projects a great way, and to prosper long. Observe the wisdom and mercy of God, in the methods taken for defeating this undertaking. And the mercy of God in not making the penalty equal to the offence; for he deals not with us according to our sins. The wisdom of God, in fixing upon a sure way to stop these proceedings. If they could not understand one another, they could not help one another; this would take them off from their building. God has various means, and effectual ones, to baffle and defeat the projects of proud men that set themselves against him, and particularly he divides them among themselves. Notwithstanding their union and obstinacy God was above them; for who ever hardened his heart against him, and prospered? Their language was confounded. We all suffer by it to this day: in all the pains and trouble used to learn the languages we have occasion for, we suffer for the rebellion of our ancestors at Babel. Nay, and those unhappy disputes, which are strifes of words, and arise from misunderstanding one another's words, for aught we know, are owing to this confusion of tongues. They left off to build the city. The confusion of their tongues not only unfitted them for helping one another, but they saw the hand of the Lord gone out against them. It is wisdom to leave off that which we see God fights against. God is able to blast and bring to nought all the devices and designs of Babel-builders: there is no wisdom nor counsel against the Lord. The builders departed according to their families, and the tongue they spake, to the countries and places allotted to them. The children of men never did, nor ever will, come all together again, till the great day, when the Son of man shall sit upon the throne of his glory, and all nations shall be gathered before him.
Study Bible
The Tower of Babel
4They 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, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." 5The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6The 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.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:21
"I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know."

Exodus 3:8
"So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.

Exodus 19:11
and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

Exodus 19:18
Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.
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