Long ago, after the great flood, people spoke only one language and lived in one place. They were strong and wanted to build a tower that could reach the sky. They thought that this tower would make them famous and powerful, and they could be like gods.
The people worked hard on the tower, but God saw what they were doing and knew that their pride would lead to trouble. He decided to confuse their language so that they could not understand each other. One day, when they were building the tower, they could no longer communicate and started speaking different languages. They were confused and frustrated, and the tower could not be completed.
The people realized that they could not finish building the tower, so they scattered all over the world, speaking different languages. From that day on, people spoke different languages and lived in different places. God punished the people for their pride and their desire to be like gods.
The story of the Tower of Babel teaches us that pride can lead to punishment, and we should never try to be like gods. We should always remember that God is above us, and we should respect and honor Him. We should also learn to work together and communicate, even when we come from different backgrounds and speak different languages.
The New Oxford Annotated Bible. Edited by Michael D. Coogan, Oxford UP, 2001. Genesis 11:1-9.
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