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

לשנא ארמיא (Babylonian Aramaic)

  1. וַהֲוָה כָּל אַרְעָא, לִישָׁן חַד, וּמַמְלַל, חַד.
  2. וַהֲוָה, בְּמִטַּלְהוֹן בְּקַדְמֵיתָא; וְאַשְׁכַּחוּ בִּקְעֲתָא בְּאַרְעָא דְּבָבֶל, וִיתִיבוּ תַּמָּן.
  3. וַאֲמַרוּ גְּבַר לְחַבְרֵיהּ, הַבוּ נִרְמֵי לִבְנִין, וְנוֹקֵידִנּוּן, בְּנוּרָא; וַהֲוָת לְהוֹן לְבֵינְתָא, לְאַבְנָא, וְחֵימָרָא, הֲוָה לְהוֹן לִשְׁיָע.
  4. וַאֲמַרוּ הַבוּ נִבְנֵי לַנָא קַרְתָּא, וּמִגְדְּלָא וְרֵישֵׁיהּ מָטֵי עַד צֵית שְׁמַיָּא, וְנַעֲבֵיד לַנָא, שׁוֹם: דִּלְמָא נִתְבַּדַּר, עַל אַפֵּי כָּל אַרְעָא.
  5. וְאִתְגְּלִי יְיָ, לְאִתְפְּרָעָא עַל עוֹבָד קַרְתָּא וּמִגְדְּלָא, דִּבְנוֹ, בְּנֵי אֲנָשָׁא.
  6. וַאֲמַר יְיָ, הָא עַמָּא חַד וְלִישָׁן חַד לְכֻלְּהוֹן, וְדֵין, דְּשָׁרִיאוּ לְמֶעֱבַד; וּכְעַן לָא יִתְמְנַע מִנְּהוֹן, כֹּל דְּחַשִּׁיבוּ לְמֶעֱבַד.
  7. הַבוּ, נִתְגְּלֵי, וּנְבַלְבֵּיל תַּמָּן, לִישָׁנְהוֹן--דְּלָא יִשְׁמְעוּן, אֲנָשׁ לִישָׁן חַבְרֵיהּ.
  8. וּבַדַּר יְיָ יָתְהוֹן מִתַּמָּן, עַל אַפֵּי כָּל אַרְעָא; וְאִתְמְנַעוּ, מִלְּמִבְנֵי קַרְתָּא.
  9. עַל כֵּין קְרָא שְׁמַהּ, בָּבֶל, אֲרֵי תַּמָּן בַּלְבֵּיל יְיָ, לִישָׁן כָּל אַרְעָא; וּמִתַּמָּן בַּדַּרִנּוּן יְיָ, עַל אַפֵּי כָּל אַרְעָא.

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Transliteration (by Shawn Kilpatrick)

  1. Wahăwā kāl 'ar`ā, līšān ḥað, ūmamlal, ḥað.
  2. Wahăwā, bmiṭṭalhōn bqaðmētā; w'aškaḥū biq`ăθā b'ar`ā dvāvel, wīθīvū tammān.
  3. Wa'ămarū gvar lḥavrēh, havū nirmē livnīn, wnōqēðinnūn, bnūrā; wahăwāθ lhūn lvēnθā, wḥēmārā, hăwā lhōn lišyā`.
  4. Wa'ămarū havū nivnē lanā qartā, ūmiğdlā wrēšēh maṭē `að ṣēθ šmayyā, wna`ăvēð lanā, šūm: dilmā niθbadar, `al 'apē kāl 'ar`ā.
  5. W'iθglī yyā, l'iθprā`ā `āl `ūvāð qartā ūmiğdlā, divnū, bnē 'ănāšā.
  6. Wa'ămar yyā, hā `ammā ḥað wlīšān ḥað lxullhōn, wðēn, dšārī'ū lme`ĕvað; ūx`ān lā yiθmna` minnhon, kol dḥaššīvū lme`ĕvað.
  7. Havū, niθglē, ūnvalbēl tammān, līšānhōn - - dlā yišm`ūn, 'ănāš līšān ḥavrēh.
  8. Ūvadar yyā yāθhōn mitammān, `al 'apē kāl 'ar`ā; w'iθmna`ū, millmivnē qartā.
  9. 'Al kēn qrā šmah, Bāvel, 'ărē tammān balbēl yyā, līšān kāl 'ar`ă; ūmitammān badarinnūn yyā, `al 'apē kāl 'ar`ā.

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