Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. (Genesis 11:7, NIV)
The technology of dealing with tools had been further developed since Noah’s days. Genesis 11:2 recorded that people lived on a plain of Shinar presumed to be the ancient Mesopotamia.
One day, people gathered and suggested that they make bricks and bake them thoroughly to build a city with a tower. They not only knew how to make a fire but also how to use it. They also found that baked bricks are stronger than natural stones.
Moreover, they suggested using tar when laying one brick upon another to build a structure. Civilization had further improved.
However, not only had the technology developed, but also the haughtiness became worse. Genesis 11:4 explains why they wanted to build the tower. They suggested building a tower in the city so high that its top reached to the heavens.
The reason was to raise and praise their name there. They comforted each other by saying not to be scattered over the face of the whole earth.
According to Matthew Henry’s Commentary Bible, it is presumed that Noah’s grandson Nimrod directed such a circumstance, whom the Bible introduced as the first warrior in the world and the builder of his own country.
He intended to build a monarchy by constructing the city and plotted to build his empire by building up the tower and raising his name. It was a deed of challenging the living God, and he intended to make his name equal to the Creator. It is similar to the first sin of humankind that Adam tried to become like God according to the temptation of the serpent. Maybe it could be more arrogant than that. Pride had remained firm in human society yet.