Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a
mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter
before the Lord.” The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and
Kalneh, in Shinar.
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they
found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and
bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said,
“Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may
make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But
the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as
one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do
will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not
understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they
stopped building the city.