PENTECOST: First Scripture Reading: Genesis 11:1-9

The Tower of Babel: Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.
And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and
settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn
them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they
said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens,
and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the
whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the
children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and
they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And
nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go
down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one
another’s speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the
earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel,
because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the
Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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