Sunday, October 02, 2011

One Single Impression: Language


Tower of Babel
man's vainglory God's revenge
scattered them abroad
languages by the zillions
separated from their friends

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Prompt word, Language, suggested by Sandra at If: La Palabra Diminuta
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One Single Impression using "Language" as prompt

Tower of Babel, Genesis 11:1-9 NIV Bible:
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower they were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

a.Genesis 11:2 Or from the east; or in the east
b.Genesis 11:2 That is, Babylonia
c.Genesis 11:9 That is, Babylon; Babel sounds like the Hebrew for confused.

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