Genesis 11:5

“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD came downe to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord came down to see the town and the tower which the children of men were building.
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men were building.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah cometh down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men have builded;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 11:5


11:5 And the Lord came down to see the city - 'Tis an expression after the manner of men, he knew it as clearly as men know that which they come upon the place to view. And the tower which the children of men builded - Which speaks, Their weakness and frailty, it was a foolish thing for the children of men, worms of the earth, to defy heaven. Their sinfulness, they were the sons of Adam, so it is in the Hebrew; nay, of that Adam, that sinful disobedient Adam, whose children are by nature children of disobedience. Their distinction from the children of God, from whom those daring builders had separated themselves, and built this tower to support and perpetuate the separation.


Discussion for Genesis 11

  • A disciple
    Mr. Smith; Consider what the LORD said, with the view that they had raised up a city and a tower of rebellion against the heavens. Read Psalm 2 (for example), and think of that unrestrained "imagination" as that they thought to cast God out from the world and all influence upon the hearts and minds of men; like they do still to this day. The evil seed planted in men's souls, is coming to the full.
  • Lu2677
    MrSmith,2Cor.10:5"Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ"I'm not talking about inventions or getting out of a jam.Gen.6;5,Gen.8;21,Deut.2;19,Luke1;51,etc.
    The Holy Spirit helps with prayer,Scripture teaches us to rely on Him,not our own understanding.Proverb 3;5
  • Mr. Smith
    v 6, From God's mouth to our ears. NOTHING will be restrained (or nothing will be impossible) from them (to them) which they have IMAGINED to do. The power of the human imagination is infinite. God made us after his likeness, a creator. Every invention of man started in the imagination. Whatever situation we're facing we can imagine our way out of it.
  • Irene123
    Cheryl - Gen. 10:31 (not 34) and Ch.11:1; the Bible isn't written 'chronologically' - in the exact order things happened. And that's God's intention: so we would STUDY to shew ourselves approved, 2 Tim. 2:15; v. 23.
  • Irene123
    V.10 - It's interesting only Arphaxad is mentioned; Shem had several sons.
  • Irene123
    V.4 - " ..... lest we be scattered upon the whole face of the earth". And that's exactly how God punished them. Man still today thinks he can out maneuver God.

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