Many upon, many years has passed since the first rainbow was seen. Noah’s sons had many sons and daughters. Then their children had children and so on and so forth. Soon the Earth had many people on it.
Nim’rod is the name of the great-grandson of Noah. He was not a good man, but a bad man. He hunted and killed both animals and men. He also made himself a king to rule over other people. Jehovah God did not like Nim’rod.
At that time in history, all the people spoke one language. Nim’rod wanted to keep them all together so that he could rule them. So how did he do this? He had his people build a tall tower with the city around it.
This building did not please Jehovah God. Jehovah God wanted his people to become fruitful and fill the earth with people, not just in one place. (Genesis 1:28) But the people thought differently and said: ‘Come on! Let’s build a city and a tower so high that its top will reach into the heaven. Then we will be famous!’ (Genesis 11:4) They did not want to honor God, but to honer themselves.
Jehovah God made these people stop building this tower. How did he do it? By suddenly causing people to speak in different languages, instead of just one. (Genesis 11:6-9) No longer did the builders understand one another. This is why their city came to be called Baʹbel, or Babylon, meaning “Confusion.”
The people began to move away from Ba’bel. The people separated into groups of the same language to live together in other parts of the earth.
“Men Build a Big Tower.” My Book of Bible Stories. New York: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, 1978. 12. Print.
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