Occasionally something I read strikes me as a bit odd and I have to stop and figure out why. So it is with this: Ge 11:1And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. Ge 11:2And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. Ge 11:3And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. Ge 11:4And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. Ge 11:5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. Ge 11:6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Ge 11:7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. Ge 11:8So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Ge 11:9Therefore 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. The context is the generations immediately following the flood and the new spread of humanity. Nothing real complicated about that. But then verse 11:1 appears to back up way back into chapter 10, verse 10 and start again. Am I correct? Now as chapter 11 unfolds, "they" are exploring the empty, flood changed landscape and come across a nice flat plain and they're gonna build a city and a tower, lest they be scattered abroad. They are not identified. Are "they" a particular band of Ham's decendents as seems to be implied? What is the real problem with the city and the tower? Is it pride? Is it faithlessness? I mean, surely "they" had the intelligence that their tower could possibly reach to the spiritual place we call heaven so the text means space, correct? And what do we do with 10:5 which implies there were already different languages prior to chapter 11 happenings? Ge 10:5By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. Why was God concerned that man's technology was progressing to quickly and why doesn't He seem this concerned about the rate our technology is increasing today? Ge 11:6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. One last question, cause everything has to come down to a C/A debate. What does this passage have to say to us in terms of man's will?