Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 178
Context: God, the Creator, is constantly disappointed by the sinfulness of man: because of man's sin, God drove the first people from the Garden of Eden; because of sin, God sent a flood to destroy all mankind, except a righteous remnant, Noah and his family. After the flood, Noah's descendants multiply so rapidly that they, afraid that they will be dispersed on the earth, decide to unite by building a city with a tower reaching to Heaven and by giving themselves a name. God, seeing that the men are united and that they all speak one language and fearing that nothing will restrain them, confuses their language so that they can no longer understand one another and scatters them over all the earth. To the unfinished city and tower, God gives the name Babel, or Babylon, meaning "to confuse" or "to mix":
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.