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INTRODUCTION. When Noah and his family left the ark, God told them to be "fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Gen. 9:1 ). Through the years the descendants of Noah's three sons multiplied, and again the earth was populated.
The people eventually migrated to a plain in the land of Shinar, probably Babylon. There they determined to build a city and a tower that would reach to heaven, making for themselves a name and a place to dwell with one another. Thus the people attempted to honor themselves by building something big and great, and to seek security by mingling together in one community. They were filled with pride and no longer trusted in God.
As God's plan was for the people to replenish the earth, He confounded (confused) their language in order to create disorder. Since the people could no longer communicate with each other, they scattered to the ends of the earth.