Genesis 11:6
New International Version
The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

New Living Translation
“Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!

English Standard Version
And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.

Berean Study Bible
And the LORD said, “If they have begun to do this as one people speaking the same language, then nothing they devise will be beyond them.

King James Bible
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.

New King James Version
And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

New American Standard Bible
And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they have started to do, and now nothing which they plan to do will be impossible for them.

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 1977
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.

Amplified Bible
And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them.

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do: and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And LORD JEHOVAH said, “Behold, the people are one and they all have one language and thus they have conceived to do, therefore nothing would be taken from them that they have conceived to do.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Lord said, Behold, there is one race, and one lip of all, and they have begun to do this, and now nothing shall fail from them of all that they may have undertaken to do.

Contemporary English Version
he said: These people are working together because they all speak the same language. This is just the beginning. Soon they will be able to do anything they want.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: Behold, it is one people, and all have one tongue: and they have begun to do this, neither will they leave off from their designs, till they accomplish them in deed.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do: and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do.

Good News Translation
and he said, "Now then, these are all one people and they speak one language; this is just the beginning of what they are going to do. Soon they will be able to do anything they want!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD said, "They are one people with one language. This is only the beginning of what they will do! Now nothing they plan to do will be too difficult for them.

International Standard Version
The LORD said, "Look! They are one people with the same language for all of them, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. Nothing that they have a mind to do will be impossible for them!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said: 'Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do; and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do.

Literal Standard Version
and YHWH says, “Behold, the people [is] one, and one language [is] to them all, and this it has dreamed of doing; and now, nothing is restrained from them of that which they have purposed to do.

NET Bible
And the LORD said, "If as one people all sharing a common language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be beyond them.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said, "Look, they are one people, and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do. So now nothing which they plan to do will be too difficult for them.

World English Bible
Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah saith, 'Lo, the people is one, and one pronunciation is to them all, and this it hath dreamed of doing; and now, nothing is restrained from them of that which they have purposed to do.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Tower of Babel
5Then the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men were building. 6And the LORD said, “If they have begun to do this as one people speaking the same language, then nothing they devise will be beyond them. 7Come, let Us go down and confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”…

Cross References
Genesis 11:1
Now the whole world had one language and a common form of speech.

Amos 4:7
"I also withheld the rain from you when the harvest was three months away. I sent rain on one city but withheld it from another. One field received rain; another without rain withered.


Treasury of Scripture

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.

Behold.

Genesis 3:22
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Judges 10:14
Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

1 Kings 18:27
And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

the people.

Genesis 11:1
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

Genesis 9:19
These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

Acts 17:26
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

imagined.

Genesis 6:5
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 8:21
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Psalm 2:1-4
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? …









Verse 6. - And the Lord said - within himself, and to himself (vide ver. 8); expressive of the formation of a Divine resolution (cf. Genesis 6:7) - Behold, the people - עַס, from root signifying to bind together, expresses the idea of association; גּוי, from a root signifying to swell (Lange), to flow together (Gesenius), to gather together (Furst), conveys the notion of a confluxus hominum. T. Lewis connects it with the sense of interiority, or exclusion, which is common in the Chaldee and Syriac - is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do. One race, one tongue, one purpose. The words indicate unity of effort, as well as concentration of design, on the part of the builders, and a certain measure of success in the achievement of their work. And now nothing will be restrained from them. Literally, there will not be cut off from them anything; οὐκ ἐκλείψει ἀπ αὐτῶν πάντα (LXX.); non desistent a cogitationibus suis (Vulgate, Luther); i.e. nothing will prove too hard for their dating. It can hardly imply that their impious design was on the eve of completion. Which they have imagined to do.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And the LORD
יְהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

said,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“If
הֵ֣ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

they have begun
הַחִלָּ֣ם (ha·ḥil·lām)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 2490: To bore, to wound, to dissolve, to profane, to break, to begin, to play

to do
לַעֲשׂ֑וֹת (la·‘ă·śō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 6213: To do, make

this
וְזֶ֖ה (wə·zeh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

as one
אֶחָד֙ (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's 259: United, one, first

people
עַ֤ם (‘am)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

speaking the same
לְכֻלָּ֔ם (lə·ḵul·lām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

language,
וְשָׂפָ֤ה (wə·śā·p̄āh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

then
וְעַתָּה֙ (wə·‘at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 6258: At this time

nothing
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

they devise
יָזְמ֖וּ (yā·zə·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2161: To consider, purpose, devise

will be beyond
יִבָּצֵ֣ר (yib·bā·ṣêr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1219: To cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

them.
מֵהֶ֔ם (mê·hem)
Preposition-m | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They


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