babel; Tower of Babel

a confused mixture of voices, noises, ideas, etc.; a place of noise and confusion ; a place where many languages are spoken
—I could not understand anything in the babel of voices at the market.

After the flood, God again told the people to “be fruitful and multiply” and to “fill the earth.” But as the world’s population once more grew, all the people spoke the same language and wanted to stay in one area. They said to each other,

Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise we will be scattered across the face of the entire earth. (Genesis 11:4)

God was not happy with their pride and disobedience. He said,

“If as one people all sharing a common language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. Come, let’s go down and confuse their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why its name was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth. (Genesis 11:6-9)

The city name Babel is similar to the Hebrew word for confused.

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