Genesis 11:7
New International Version
Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."

New Living Translation
Come, let's go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won't be able to understand each other."

English Standard Version
Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

Berean Study Bible
Come, let Us go down and confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”

New American Standard Bible
"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech."

King James Bible
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Christian Standard Bible
Come, let's go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another's speech."

Contemporary English Version
Let's go down and confuse them! We'll make them speak different languages, and they won't be able to understand each other.

Good News Translation
Let us go down and mix up their language so that they will not understand each other."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another's speech."

International Standard Version
Come on! Let's go down there and confuse their language, so that they won't understand each other's speech."

NET Bible
Come, let's go down and confuse their language so they won't be able to understand each other."

New Heart English Bible
Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let us go down there and mix up their language so that they won't understand each other."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.'

New American Standard 1977
“Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now, let us go down and there confound their language that they may not understand one another's speech.

King James 2000 Bible
Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

American King James Version
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

American Standard Version
Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Come, and having gone down let us there confound their tongue, that they may not understand each the voice of his neighbour.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Come ye, therefore, let us go down, and there may not understand one another's speech.

Darby Bible Translation
Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

English Revised Version
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Webster's Bible Translation
Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

World English Bible
Come, let's go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

Young's Literal Translation
Give help, let us go down, and mingle there their pronunciation, so that a man doth not understand the pronunciation of his companion.'
Study Bible
The Tower of Babel
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.” 8So the LORD scattered them from there over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city.…
Cross References
Genesis 1:26
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it."

Genesis 42:23
They did not realize that Joseph understood them, since there was an interpreter between them.

Exodus 4:11
And the LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, sighted or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Deuteronomy 28:49
The LORD will bring a nation from afar, from the ends of the earth, to swoop down upon you like an eagle, a nation whose language you will not understand,

Isaiah 33:19
You will no longer see the insolent, a people whose speech is unintelligible, who stammer in a language that is not understood.

Jeremiah 5:15
Behold, I am bringing a distant nation against you, O house of Israel," declares the LORD. "It is an established nation, an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know and whose speech you do not understand.

Treasury of Scripture

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Go to.

let.

Genesis 11:5
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

Genesis 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

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:

confound.

Job 5:12,13
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise…

Job 12:20
He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

Psalm 2:4
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

may.

Genesis 10:5,20,32
By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations…

Genesis 42:23
And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

Deuteronomy 28:49
The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;







Lexicon
Come,
הָ֚בָה (hā·ḇāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3051: To give, to put, imperatively, come

let Us go down
נֵֽרְדָ֔ה (nê·rə·ḏāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

and confuse
וְנָבְלָ֥ה (wə·nā·ḇə·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1101: To mingle, mix, confuse, confound

their language,
שְׂפָתָ֑ם (śə·p̄ā·ṯām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

so that
אֲשֶׁר֙ (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

they will not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

understand
יִשְׁמְע֔וּ (yiš·mə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

one
אִ֖ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

another’s
רֵעֵֽהוּ׃ (rê·‘ê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

speech.”
שְׂפַ֥ת (śə·p̄aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin
Verse 7. - Go to. An ironical contrast to the "Go to" of the builders (Lange). Let us (cf. Genesis 1:26) go down, and there confound their language (vide infra, ver. 9), that they may not understand (literally, hear; so Genesis 42:23; Isaiah 36:11; 1 Corinthians 14:2) one another's speech. Not referring to individuals (singuli homines), since then society were impossible, but to families or nations (singulae cognationes), which each had its own tongue (Poole). 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.
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