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  • To Aubrey's question Why did God do this to the people?First, they did not do as God had told them to do. Genesis 9:7 God had told Noah and his sons to spread out and repopulate the world. Remember that God made humankind in His image and God said, “nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” Having one language can make the development of technology easier and faster for good or for evil. God wanted to “slow down” people’s ability to do and invent new ways of doing evil. You know how it is these days, many morals have dropped to an all time low. There is no self-respect or love for self or others. God was just wanting to slow down man's capacity to endanger himself and the world so He handled that by confusing the speech and split the one language into different tongues which confused them scattering them into other parts of the world.
  • Norma churchwell for verse 1
    now the whole. world had one language and a common speech
  • S'yanda percival dube for verse 7
    acording to me, the reason why God confused their language it because they were opposing God's plan about a man, because He said a man must fill the earth or be scattered in it; but they opposed that they wanted to go up.They used their mouth to construct, and God used their mouth also to distruct.
  • Rita Roberson
    The tower was disobedience to" replenish the earth".
    God let us know( vs6) that when we come together in agreement much can be obtained can you see whySatan's wile of hate, prejudices,and segregation hinders man's growth and walk with God.....???
  • Kereen for verse 8
    offten times i wounder to myself , what if the "Lord" did not stop men in those day from building the tower and change their language the world would be in biger problem because men are so wick now the Lord know best
  • Thrice_K for verse 6
    This is just the beginning of their undertakings. From now on anything that they scheme to do shall no longer be impossible for them. Come; let us go down and confuse their language so that they should not understand each others speech.
  • Rev. Autrey
    God said "Let us Go go down." This is God talking among himself. This is how God makes his decisions. He thinks much as we think. But God's thinking is done distinctly by each of his 3 persons talking to each other. The Father takes the leading role and makes the final decision. And once it is made, all 3 persons abide by it.

    Let's say this: God's person is who he is. This makes Jesus God in 2 ways. First, he knows himself as God. This is evidenced by the fact that he said in Exodus that he is "The Lord thy God who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the land of bondage." Second, he is aware of the fact that the Father and the Holy Spirit are God too, the same God he is.

    This is why, as God, he made mention of them in his daily speech. Thus, his prayers were designed to point out the Father's role as sending the Son, and his speech pointed put the Holy Spirit's role as God inspiring us to believe.

    But again, Jesus is the way this information is revealed to us!
  • Mthandazo Lucky
    Genesis 11, is the classic..'it's not by power or might, but by the spirit'...the other name/title of God is..The High Tower, these people's imagination was too much for God to ignore...they wanted to built an alternate way to heaven minus obedience to God...they were in essence saying we donot need God and His statutes to make it to have but we will use our 'Babel'. This was going to be an idol to the people, the same confusion God punished them with, is the same confusion this satanic tower was going to cause....and who instructed them to settle and built at Shinar/Babylonia....Babylonia is synonym for anything driven by corruption/rebellion and angst...Genesis 6 verse 5 and Zeccharia 5 verse 5- the way am not a bible schollar but learn my bible through revelation..God day children of God...let all that you do acknowledge the sovereignity of El Qanna and Qanna (Jelous God for His name is Jealous)..Exodus 34 v 14....Halala Jesu Christu...uyingcwele..
  • J.R.

    It was everyone who was doing this, not just Ham's descendents! Otherwise why confuse everyone? Why just not confuse the tongues of those who participated?
  • Roger Gardner
    I think that this is where God changed the lanuages around so we would have different lanuages.
  • Norma
    Genesis 11:1-6 is about mankind, in this instance the descendants of Ham, chose to build a tower "That reaches up to heaven", so that if God decides to flood the world again, we will be above the water. This is in direct rebellion against God, and that in spite that [a] God had told them spread out, and [b] His promise that He would never flood the world again. They hadn't learnt a thing!
  • J.R.
    Try to think about this. If you just had a bouncing baby boy, whom you loved. And at 6 months old you had a vision, this baby, no matter how you raised him and what you did, would grow to be a domestic terrorist, could you kill him? That’s why he didn’t kill them then.
  • Ed
    I think the tower was not round-shaped but pyramid shaped. My theory is that it was a huge pyramid. Pyramid-shaped structures were built by almost every ancient culture. Pyramids are found worldwide in many shapes and sizes. The writers may have called it a 'tower' because a pyramid is usually just a stairway high place with a temple built atop of it. Huge round-shaped buildings weren't built at around the time of Genesis (2500 - 3500 BC).
  • Adelta
    God make man into his own likeness, but he knew that they would not be perfect, but let them realise that unity is strength, and they would make mistake, because when God put adam in the garden of eden, he give him instruction but he disobey, and disobedience brings punishment. when we sin there is a penalty for it. amen
    Ultimately, I believe GOD is all about relationship. The further up in altitude the "Babel" builders went, the further away from An acknowledgement of who really is "GOD". GOD LOVES US SO MUCH, HE DOES ALL TO SAVE US.
  • Laurel for verse 9
    How does God remind us to brush our teeth and make our bed and do your chores?
  • William Hall for verse 1
    I believe Hebrew is the original language!
  • J.R.R. for verse 6
    I belive that Genesis 11:6 is explaining the 3 powers that God gave all mankind. The Power of Unity, The power of submission and the power of speaking one language. Then God came down and changed one of these three powers and it all fell apart. UNITY - They were all United working for one goal. SUBMISSION - They were all submitting theyselves one to the other. SAME LANGUAGE - They could understand each other. The good new is that Good people can make this happen today. The bad news is that the bad people can make this happen today. Look around the world and see if you don't see these powers at work. That's just my opion.
  • Wyoming
    to answer THomas

    Thomas's Genesis Chapter 11 comment on 1/14/2012, 6:57am...

    I'm curious, if God knows the end from the beginning why did he see fit to destroy all flesh except that of Noah and his clan. Wouldn't he have seen the corruption coming when he made Adam and all that came after? Why didn't he just destroy them then and there?

    GOd knows the end but he has given free will and hopes many of his children will choose the right thing and he also knew he would send his Son Jesus (Yeshua) to save the creation he so dearly loves else why would he have created them in his own image. His ways are not yours or my ways that's why he thinks different.
  • J.R.
    Also to these two comments at the top......God is omniscient, I am not. However I do know exactly the temperments of man, he is hubris, arrogant, and prideful, and has, even since his conception a tendecny to ignore and disdain any regulations, laws or discipline. Think to yourselves then, what would man have done or thought if they were to succeed in this building endevor? Hmm?? All things are possible with God's help, with them creating this, not relying on God, they would have forsaken him completly.
  • Renee for verse 4
    Did they know that God would scatter them about the world before it happened?
  • Aubrey for verse 4
    why would god do this to the people.. did he fear that they may actually reach him with a tower?
  • Thomas
    I'm curious, if God knows the end from the beginning why did he see fit to destroy all flesh except that of Noah and his clan. Wouldn't he have seen the corruption coming when he made Adam and all that came after? Why didn't he just destroy them then and there?
  • Wesley's notes says," ...These children of men, if thus incorporated, will swallow up the little remnant of God's children..." What is this supposed to mean? I am reading a definite undertone hear....everyone has come out of Noah, from his children. They were all set upon with Gods promise. Please someone explain what that person was trying to say. It was completly irrelevent
  • Susan Dalton
    "And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." Here we see "let us," we see God speaking in the plural concerning Himself.
  • Trent
    I previously wondered how people possibly could have gone from 7 people in the time of Noah and the flood to disperse across the Earth into different races, languages, and cultures. I believe verse 8 and 9 explain exactly that: God scattered them across the Earth. Asians in SE Asia, Indians in North America, Latinos in Latin America and South America, Europeans in Europe, Africans in Africa. It makes sense.
  • Chris
    I disagree Ralph. That whole "we all really worship the same God" thing is spoken of in Revelations as the 1 world religion headed by the false prophet. Now, they all worship the same god - the god of this world or the devil. Yet the Scriptures are very clear, there is only 1 way to worship Him. For narrow is the gate that leads to salvation, and few their are that find it.
    GOD knew that people were going to start calling on HIS name in different tongues and practice different methods. HE KNEW, yet HE KNEW still they would be calling on ONE GOD, HIM.

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