God had to intervene to defuse their wicked schemes and protect the righteous. “The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other” (v. 5-7)
Except for the restraining power of God in the course of history, the evil plans of men would succeed and society would have become fully corrupt. The relative order in our world today is due to the restrictive control of God. The devil’s power to destroy the earth and God’s children is thus minimized (Job 1:12; 2:6; Rev. 7:1).
By confusing their language, people were forced to group with those they did understand and disperse to different areas of the earth. Each of the groups might yet pursue an evil course, but the division of society into many groups would prevent concerted opposition to God and His children. There were therefore different tribal groups, each of which was to have its own speech. This was the origin of the world’s great variety of languages and dialects, which today number around 3,000.
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