The Tower of Babel

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The Tower of Babel

Righteous Noah lived a long life and had many children.  From them more people were born, and soon the earth became populated again.  The people who lived after the flood were not better than the generations before them; they continued to commit sins.

Now the whole earth had one language and few words. (Genesis 11:1)  Once, people gathered and decided to build a tower.  They wanted to erect a tower so high that it would reach the heavens.  Pride and desire for glory overcame them.

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men 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 (задумали) to do will now be impossible for them.” (11:5-6)  The Lord confused their language so the people could not understand each other.

The construction of the tower stopped.  The city where the men tried to build the tower was called Babylon which meant “confusion.”  Then God scattered (рассеял) the people all over the earth.  They gradually formed different nations and forgot their kinship with each other.

Tower of Babel