Parallel Verses

Bible in Basic English

And they said, Come, let us make a town, and a tower whose top will go up as high as heaven; and let us make a great name for ourselves, so that we may not be wanderers over the face of the earth.

New American Standard Bible

They 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.”

King James Version

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

Holman Bible

And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

International Standard Version

Then they said, "Come on! Let's build ourselves a city and a tower, with its summit in the heavens, and let's make a name for ourselves so we won't be scattered over the surface of the whole earth."

A Conservative Version

And they said, Come, let us build a city for us, and a tower, and its top in the heavens. And let us make a name for us, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

American Standard Version

And they said, Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

Amplified

They said, “Come, let us build a city for ourselves, and a tower whose top will reach into the heavens, and let us make a [famous] name for ourselves, so that we will not be scattered [into separate groups] and be dispersed over the surface of the entire earth [as the Lord instructed].”

Darby Translation

And they said, Come on, let us build ourselves a city and a tower, the top of which may reach to the heavens; and let us make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth.

Julia Smith Translation

And they will say, Come, we will build to us a city, and a tower, its head to the heavens; and we will make to us a name, lest we shall be dispersed over the face of the earth.

King James 2000

And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

Lexham Expanded Bible

And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower whose top [reaches to] the heavens. And let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth."

Modern King James verseion

And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower, and its top in the heavens. And let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered upon the face of the whole earth.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And they said, "Come on, let us build us a city and a tower, that the top may reach unto heaven. And let us make us a name, for peradventure we shall be scattered abroad over all the earth."

NET Bible

Then they said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise we will be scattered across the face of the entire earth."

New Heart English Bible

They said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let us make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth."

The Emphasized Bible

And they said Come on! let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower with its head in the heavens, so let us make for ourselves a name, - lest we be scattered abroad over the face of all the earth.

Webster

And they said, come, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach to heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we should be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

World English Bible

They said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let's make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth."

Youngs Literal Translation

And they say, 'Give help, let us build for ourselves a city and tower, and its head in the heavens, and make for ourselves a name, lest we be scattered over the face of all the earth.'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Go to
יהב 
Yahab 
give, go to, Bring, ascribe, come on, give out, Set, take
Usage: 34

let us build
בּנה 
Banah 
Usage: 376

us a city
עיר ער עיר 
`iyr 
Usage: 1094

and a tower
מגדּלה מגדּל 
Migdal 
Usage: 50

ראשׁ 
Ro'sh 
Usage: 598

שׁמה שׁמים 
Shamayim 
Usage: 420

us a name
שׁם 
Shem 
Usage: 865

upon the face
פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

Images Genesis 11:4

Prayers for Genesis 11:4

Context Readings

The Tower Of Babylon

3 And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks, burning them well. And they had bricks for stone, putting them together with sticky earth. 4 And they said, Come, let us make a town, and a tower whose top will go up as high as heaven; and let us make a great name for ourselves, so that we may not be wanderers over the face of the earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the town and the tower which the children of men were building.


Cross References

Deuteronomy 1:28

Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts feeble with fear by saying, The people are greater and taller than we are, and the towns are great and walled up to heaven; and more than this, we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.

Deuteronomy 9:1

Give ear, O Israel: today you are to go over Jordan, to take the heritage of nations greater and stronger than yourselves, and towns of great size with walls as high as heaven;

2 Samuel 8:13

And David got great honour for himself, when he came back, by the destruction of Edom in the valley of Salt, to the number of eighteen thousand men.

Genesis 6:4

There were men of great strength and size on the earth in those days; and after that, when the sons of God had connection with the daughters of men, they gave birth to children: these were the great men of old days, the men of great name.

Genesis 11:8-9

So the Lord God sent them away into every part of the earth: and they gave up building their town.

Deuteronomy 4:27

And the Lord will send you wandering among the peoples; only a small band of you will be kept from death among the nations where the Lord will send you.

Psalm 49:11-13

The place of the dead is their house for ever, and their resting-place through all generations; those who come after them give their names to their lands.

Psalm 49:11

The place of the dead is their house for ever, and their resting-place through all generations; those who come after them give their names to their lands.

Proverbs 10:7

The memory of the upright is a blessing, but the name of the evil-doer will be turned to dust.

Daniel 4:11

And the tree became tall and strong, stretching up to heaven, and to be seen from the ends of the earth:

Daniel 4:22

It is you, O King, who have become great and strong: for your power is increased and stretching up to heaven, and your rule to the end of the earth.

Daniel 4:30

The king made answer and said, Is this not great Babylon, which I have made for the living-place of kings, by the strength of my power and for the glory of my honour?

Luke 1:51

With his arm he has done acts of power; he has put to flight those who have pride in their hearts.

John 5:44

How is it possible for you to have faith while you take honour one from another and have no desire for the honour which comes from the only God?

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