Chapter 7

The Tower of Babel

“Chapter 7: The Tower of Babel,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 30–32

men building city

After the flood Noah’s sons had many children. Their children grew up and had families. There were many people on the earth again. Some of them built a city.

men talking

The people wanted to build a tall tower. They wanted to climb the tower to go to heaven. It was called the Tower of Babel.

Tower of Babel

People cannot climb a tower to go to heaven. People must obey God to go to heaven. God saw the people building the tower.

men fighting

God did not want the people to build the tower. He changed the language of the people. Each one spoke words the others did not know. The people could not talk to each other.

people walking

They could not work together. They could not finish the tower. They left the city.

Jared and his brother

Jared and his brother lived near the tower. They were righteous men. They loved God and obeyed him.

brother of Jared praying

The brother of Jared prayed to God. He asked God not to change their language. They wanted to talk to their families.

Jared speaking to his family

God blessed them. He let them keep their language.

boats of Jaredites

These people were called the Jaredites. They went to America. The Book of Mormon tells about the Jaredites.