GENESIS 11:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Genesis 11:4 Translation & Meaning

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And they said, וַיֹּֽאמְר֞וּ To say (used with great latitude) said
Go to, הָ֣בָה׀ To give (whether literal or figurative); generally, to put; imperatively (reflexive) come Go
let us build נִבְנֶה To build (literally and figuratively) let build
us a city עִ֗יר A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
and a tower, וּמִגְדָּל֙ A tower (from its size or height); by analogy, a rostrum; figuratively, a (pyramidal) bed of flowers tower
whose top וְרֹאשׁ֣וֹ The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) whose top
may reach (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
unto heaven; בַשָּׁמַ֔יִם The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) heaven
and let us make וְנַֽעֲשֶׂה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application let make
us a name, שֵׁ֑ם An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
lest פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest lest
we be scattered abroad נָפ֖וּץ To dash in pieces, literally or figuratively (especially to disperse) scattered abroad
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
the face פְּנֵ֥י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) face
of the whole כָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) whole
earth. הָאָֽרֶץ׃ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth

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  • 2  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

  • 3  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

  • 4  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.

  • 5  And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

  • 6  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.




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