Noah’s Children Sinned
All the unbelievers1 were dead. Only Noah and his family were still alive. Perhaps Noah hoped that people would never sin again. But sin is in everyone. Even before Noah died, people began to sin again. Even Noah himself became drunk with wine (Genesis 9:20-21).
The power of sin and unbelief became great in the world again. In a few more years Noah’s children built a very tall tower. It was called Babel. They were proud and wanted to be famous and powerful.
This did not please God. So God stopped the work at the tower of Babel by giving the people many different languages. After that the people separated and left the tower of Babel, because they could not understand each other (Genesis 11:8-9). Everywhere the children of Noah went, they continued in their sin.
8 So the Lord scattered them all over the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 The city was called Babylon, because there the Lord mixed up the language of all the people, and from there he scattered them all over the earth.