The Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel (vv.1-4)
1 And the whole earth had one language, and the same words. 2 And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Come on, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
4 And they said, Come on, let us build ourselves a city and a tower, the top of which may reach to the heavens; and let us make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth. v.4 While the tower was being built man spoke a common language. They said, “let us make us a name” (Genesis 11:4), and so God confounded their language. On the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4), God found a name which He could proclaim, and then He gave a display of power (tongues) in overcoming the barrier He had previously created.
Jehovah Confounds the Language of Men (vv.5-9)
5 And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built. 6 And Jehovah said, Behold, the people is one, and have all one language; and this have they begun to do. And now will they be hindered in nothing that they meditate doing. 7 Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 And Jehovah scattered them thence over the face of the whole earth. And they left off building the city. 9 Therefore was its name called Babel; because Jehovah there confounded the language of the whole earth. And Jehovah scattered them thence over the face of the whole earth.