Genesis 11:3

“And they sayd one to another; Goe to, let vs make bricke, and burne them thorowly. And they had bricke for stone, and slime had they for morter.”

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Other Translations

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.
- King James Version

They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn {them} thoroughly. And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

And they said one to another, Come on, let us make bricks, and burn [them] thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
- Darby Bible

And they said one to another, come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
- Webster's Bible

They said one to another, "Come, let's make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.
- World English Bible

and they say each one to his neighbour, `Give help, let us make bricks, and burn [them] thoroughly:' and the brick is to them for stone, and the bitumen hath been to them for mortar.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And they said one to another: 'Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.' And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 11:3


11:3 Go to, let us make brick, let us build us a city - The country being a plain, yielded neither stone nor morter, yet that did not discourage them, but they made brick to serve instead of stone, and slime, or pitch, instead of morter. Some think they intended hereby to secure themselves against the waters of another flood, but if they had, they would have chosen to build upon a mountain rather than upon a plain. But two things it seems they aimed at in building. To make them a name: they would do something to be talked of by posterity. But they could not gain this point; for we do not find in any history the name of so much as one of these Babel - builders. Philo Judeus saith they engraved every one his name upon a brick; yet neither did that serve their purpose. They did it to prevent their dispersion; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth - It was done (saith Josephus) in disobedience to that command, #Gen 9:1|, replenish the earth. God orders them to scatter. No, say they, we will live and die together. In order hereunto they engage themselves and one another in this vast undertaking. That they might unite in one glorious empire, they resolve to build this city and tower, to be the metropolis of their kingdom, and the center of their unity.


Discussion for Genesis 11

  • Nqobani Sibanda
    The Lord is good all the time. He is the author and finisher of all things. Glory be to Him The Almighty living God
  • Gods loves............................................................me.....yea
    I lovvee god.God is so good wawwwwwww
  • Vanessa
    it's not just one culture either, there is followers of Christ in all and then there is deniers, and do the work of the evil one, but God does know the hearts of all, so pray for all, as I said he loves us all, but not sin, he gave us the way to be free from our sin in our Lord and savior, he is the only way in God Bless you all
  • Vanessa
    God told Noah his family would seed the world,but as for some saying God cursed anyone , i think they would want to consider who comes into ones heart and mind that seeks to steal and destroy, God made a oath to Noah and God never lies, I pray for those that misconstrue the word of God keep asking for wisdom.
  • Tata Teete
    I love God. He is my savior and the reason for my birth. GAWD BWESS!
  • Laquisha Riot
    The Lord is beautiful, but do not be disillusioned by the misogynist views within the book. Wives, do not be subordinate to your husbands...be their equals. Eat shellfish and let others love who they want to love. Hate is not allowed. God Bless.

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