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Genesis 11:5

    Genesis 11:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 11:5

    And the Lord came down - A lesson, says an ancient Jewish commentator, to magistrates to examine every evidence before they decree judgment and execute justice.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 11:5

    These verses describe the nature of that change by which this form of human selfishness is to be checked. "The Lord came down." The interposing providence of God is here set forth in a sublime simplicity, suited to the early mind of man. Still there is something here characteristic of the times after the deluge. The presence of the Lord seems not to have been withdrawn from the earth before that event. He walked in the garden when Adam and Eve were there. He placed the ministers and symbols of his presence before it when they were expelled. He expostulated with Cain before and after his awful crime. He said, "My Spirit shall not always strive with man." He saw the wickedness of man; and the land was corrupt before him. He communicated with Noah in various ways, and finally established his covenant with him. In all this he seems to have been present with man on earth. He lingered in the garden as long as his forbearance could be expected to influence man for good. He at length appointed the limit of a hundred and twenty years. And after watching over Noah during the deluge, he seems to have withdrawn his visible and gracious presence from the earth. Hence, the propriety of the phrase, "the Lord came down." He still deals in mercy with a remnant of the human race, and has visited the earth and manifested His presence in a wondrous way. But He has not yet taken up His abode among people as He did in the garden, and as He intimates that He will sometime do on the renovated earth.