The Greek form of BABEL; Semitic form Babilu, meaning "The Gate of God." In the Assyrian tablets it means "The city of the dispersion of the tribes." [Easton's Bible Dictionary]

So you can see that Babel, which originally meant the Gate of God, came to mean confusion. This is saying that man's efforts to reach God by his own effort, which is self-righteousness, only leads to confusion. [This applies to any religion or ideology, not just the Judeo-Christians.] So while God had directed the people one way, an enemy came and brought in the spirit of religion.

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