The Tower of Babel, Genesis 11:1-9

Men and women wanted to be like God.
Babel in Hebrew means: Gate of God.
The tower was about 90 meters or 300 feet high.

Babel was a city on the plain of Shinar between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Background Reading:

The Tower in Babylon

11:1 There was a time when the entire earth spoke a common language with an identical vocabulary. 2 As people migrated westward, they came across a plain in the region of Shinar and settled there. 3 They told each other, “Come on! Let’s burn bricks thoroughly.” They used bricks for stone and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come on! Let’s build ourselves a city and a tower, with its summit in the heavens, and let’s make a name for ourselves so we won’t be scattered over the surface of the whole earth.”

5 However, the LORD descended to look over the city and the tower that the humans were building. 6 The LORD said, “Look! They are one people with the same language for all of them, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. Nothing that they have a mind to do will be impossible for them! 7 Come on! Let’s go down there and confuse their language, so that they won’t understand each other’s speech.”

8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the surface of the whole earth, so that they had to stop building the city. 9 Therefore it was called Babylon, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth, and from there the LORD scattered them over the surface of the entire earth.
Genesis 11:1-9

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