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Confusion of tongues

at Babel, the cause of the early separation of mankind and their division into nations. The descendants of Noah built a tower to prevent their dispersion; but God “confounded their language” (Gen. 11:1-8), and they were scattered over the whole earth. Till this time “the whole earth was of one language and of one speech.” (See SHINAR.)


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