Tower of Babel

Genesis 11:1-9 MSG
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GE 1:28

26-28God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them

reflecting our nature

So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,

the birds in the air, the cattle,

And, yes, Earth itself,

and every animal that moves on the face of Earth."

God created human beings;

he created them godlike,

Reflecting God's nature.

He created them male and female.

God blessed them:

"Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!

Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,

for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth."


GE 9:7

6-7Whoever sheds human blood,

by humans let his blood be shed,

Because God made humans in his image

reflecting God's very nature.

You're here to bear fruit, reproduce,

lavish life on the Earth, live bountifully!"


GE 10:25

24-25Arphaxad had Shelah and Shelah had Eber. Eber had two sons, Peleg (so named because in his days the human race divided) and Joktan.

"God Turned Their Language into 'Babble'"

1-2At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language. It so happened that as they moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down.

3They said to one another, "Come, let's make bricks and fire them well." They used brick for stone and tar for mortar.

4Then they said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let's make ourselves famous so we won't be scattered here and there across the Earth."

5God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built.

6-9God took one look and said, "One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they'll come up with next—they'll stop at nothing! Come, we'll go down and garble their speech so they won't understand each other." Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city. That's how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into "babble." From there God scattered them all over the world.


Devotional The genealogies of GE 10 seem to extended past the events described here, and then Moses came "back" and told this story.
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