Genesis 11:1

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speach.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And all the earth had one language and one tongue.
- Basic English Bible

And the whole earth had one language, and the same words.
- Darby Bible

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
- Webster's Bible

The whole earth was of one language and of one speech.
- World English Bible

And the whole earth is of one pronunciation, and of the same words,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 11:1


11:1 And the whole earth was of one language - Now while they all understood one another, they would be the more capable of helping one another, and the less inclinable to separate.


Discussion for Genesis 11:1

  • At one time the whole earth spoke one common language. This was the way that God originally wanted things to be. Different languages divide mankind. It will be a wonderful thing when the earth goes back to speaking one language and we can all be united.
  • Norma churchwell for verse 1
    now the whole. world had one language and a common speech
  • William Hall for verse 1
    I believe Hebrew is the original language!

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