God’s judgment of the Tower of Babel was one of the greatest catastrophes in the history of the world. In one moment, a massive, highly complex building project, involving the entire human race, came to an end. Thousands of workers, linguistically unified and Satanically inspired, suddenly found themselves incapable of communicating with each other. Overwhelmed by fear and frustration, each worker took his family and moved away from the others. Mankind has never recovered.

But what really happened, and why? For centuries, Bible students have wondered about the following three statements:

  • “Come, let us build for ourselves…a tower whose top will reach into heaven” (11:4).
  • God’s amazing response to this: “Behold, they are all one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (11:6).
  • “In [Peleg’s] days the earth was divided” (10:25), and the relationship of these words to those in the previous chapter. …

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