Babel—Self-destructive

An interesting and unusual story in the eleventh chapter of Genesis points out the mistakes which led to confusion, misunderstanding, and separation. We read there that "the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech," and unity prevailed. But the people journeyed from the east and dwelt in the plain of Shinar. Then they made the suggestion one to another, "Let us make brick, ... let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven." Confusion crept in, the building ceased, and the builders were scattered.

Paul tells us that "all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." Surely, then, this story is given to help us to see some of the mistakes unwise builders may make, and the necessity of our avoiding them if we are going to do any true building.

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