GENESIS 11:9

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

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Genesis 11:9 Translation & Meaning

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Therefore כֵּ֞ן Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) Therefore
is the name שְׁמָהּ֙ An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
of it called קָרָ֤א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
Babel; בָּבֶ֔ל Babel (i.e., Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire Babel
because כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed because
the Lord יְהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
did there שָׁ֛ם There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence did
confound בָּלַ֥ל To overflow (specifically with oil.); by implication, to mix; to fodder confound
the language שְׂפַ֣ת The lip (as a natural boundary); by implication, language; by analogy, a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.) language
of all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
the earth: הָאָ֑רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
and from thence וּמִשָּׁם֙ There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence thence
did scatter them הֱפִיצָ֣ם To dash in pieces, literally or figuratively (especially to disperse) did scatter
the Lord יְהוָ֔ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
abroad upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications abroad upon
the face פְּנֵ֖י 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 all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
the earth. הָאָֽרֶץ׃ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth

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

  • 8  So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

  • 9  Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

  • 10  These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

  • 11  And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.




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