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The whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary.

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When the people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

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Then they said to one another, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." (They had brick instead of stone and tar instead of mortar.)

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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.

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

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So the LORD scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building the city.

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That is why its name was called Babel - because there the LORD confused the language of the entire world, and from there the LORD scattered them across the face of the entire earth.

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The lifetime of Terah was 205 years, and he died in Haran.
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