The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9)

Yiddish version of the Tower of Babel story



  1. Un di gantse erd iz geven eyn shprakh un eyne verter.
  2. Un es iz geven, az zey hobn gezoygn in mizrakh, hobn zey gefunen a ployn in land shinor, un hobn zikh dortn bazetst.
  3. Un zey hobn gezogt eyner tsum andern: kumt lomir machn tsigl un oysbrenen in a breneray. Un di tsigl iz zey geven far shteyn un leym iz zey geven far vapne.
  4. Un zey hobn gezogt: kumt lomir undz boyen a shtot, un a turem mit zayn shpitz in himl, un lomir undz makhn a nomen, c'dey mir zoln nit tseshpreyt vern afn gezikht fun der gantser erd.
  5. Hot Got aropgenidert tsu zen di shtot un dem turem, vos di mentshnkinder hobn geboyt.
  6. Un Got hot gezogt: ze, zey zaynen eyn folk, un eyn shprakh iz bay zey alemen, un dos iz ersht an onheyb fun zeyer tun, un atsund vet fun zey nit farmitn vern alts vos zey trakhtn tsu tun.
  7. Kumt lomir aropnidern, un tsemishn dortn zeyer shprakh, az zey zoln nit farshteyn eyner dem anderns shprakh.
  8. Un Got hot zey tseshpreyt fun dortn afn gezikht fun der gantser erd, un zey hobn afgehert boyen di shtot.
  9. Drum hot men gerufn ir nomen bovel, vayl dortn hot Got tsemisht di shprakh fun der gantser erd, un fun dortn hot zey Got tseshpreyt afn gezikht fun der gantser erd.

Transliteration by Harris Engelmann

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