Bible Numbers 2.0

The Tower Of Babel

Humanity quickly forgets. Not long after The Flood, the greatest catastrophe in human history, men gathered together to reject God (Genesis 7, 11:1-9). They were clever enough to be quiet about the ultimate goal of their work, but God knew their hearts and put an early stop to it.

Why did God intervene at Babel? He did so for the greatest good. There are almost no accounts of divine intervention before The Flood in the Bible. God spoke with Adam, Eve, Cain, Enoch and Noah, but the Bible records little else. It would seem God was willing to allow humanity complete freedom before The Flood, to show people what would happen.

That people had not learned from The Flood meant God had to intervene early. He stepped in because He knew that humanity would rapidly worsen if He did not. And perhaps this time there would be no survivors like Noah. This can also be seen in Isaiah 18:5, where God indicates intervention would occur before a nation's iniquity peaked. Jesus himself said every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down (Matthew 3:10). He used the present tense, not the future tense. This adds another aspect to God's love, patience, and forbearance (Romans 9:22). He intervenes so a greater number of people in the future will have a chance. In our generation and world, it may be that God intervenes much more than we think. We just don't see it.

1 Now the whole earth had one language and few words.
2 And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.
3 And they said to one another, Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.
4 Then they said, Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built.
6 And the LORD said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.
7 Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.
9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1-9)1
ויהי כל הארץ שפה אחת ודברים אחדים ויהי בנסעם מקדם וימצאו בקעה בארץ שנער וישבו שם ויאמרו איש אל רעהו הבה נלבנה לבנים ונשרפה לשרפה ותהי להם הלבנה לאבן והחמר היה להם לחמר ויאמרו הבה נבנה לנו עיר ומגדל וראשו בשמים ונעשה לנו שם פן נפוץ על פני כל הארץ וירד יהוה לראת את העיר ואת המגדל אשר בנו בני האדם ויאמר יהוה הן עם אחד ושפה אחת לכלם וזה החלם לעשות ועתה לא יבצר מהם כל אשר יזמו לעשות הבה נרדה ונבלה שם שפתם אשר לא ישמעו איש שפת רעהו ויפץ יהוה אתם משם על פני כל הארץ ויחדלו לבנת העיר על כן קרא שמה בבל כי שם בלל יהוה שפת כל הארץ ומשם הפיצם יהוה על פני כל הארץ 2
1                2          3                 4              5
31               50         296               385            409
1  2   3  4      5   6      7   8  9    10    11   12  13    14  15 16
6- 10- 5- 10     20- 30     5-  1- 200- 90    300- 80- 5     1-  8- 400
now he had       all of     the earth         language       one

6                        7                  8                9
262                      63                 31               222
17  18 19 20   21  22    23 24 25 26  27    28 29  30 31     32  33  34  35  36
6-  4- 2- 200- 10- 40    1- 8- 4- 10- 40    6- 10- 5- 10     2-  50- 60- 70- 40
and words                common ones        and he was       as to move them

10                11                       12                 13
184               153                      177                293
37  38   39 40    41  42  43  44  45 46    47  48   49  50    51  52 53   54
40- 100- 4- 40    6-  10- 40- 90- 1- 6     2-  100- 70- 5     2-  1- 200- 90
to east           and they found           plain              in land of

14                  15                    16         17
620                 324                   340        263
55   56  57  58     59  60  61   62 63    64   65    66  67  68 69  70   71
300- 50- 70- 200    6-  10- 300- 2- 6     300- 40    6-  10- 1- 40- 200- 6
Shinar              and they settled      there      and they said

18             19       20                21          22
311            31       281               12          137
72  73  74     75 76    77   78  79 80    81 82 83    84  85  86 87  88
1-  10- 300    1- 30    200- 70- 5- 6     5- 2- 5     50- 30- 2- 50- 5
each           to       his fellow        come        let us make

23                   24                          25
132                  641                         615
89  90 91  92  93    94  95  96   97   98  99    100 101  102  103 104
30- 2- 50- 10- 40    6-  50- 300- 200- 80- 5     30- 300- 200- 80- 5
bricks               and let us bake             with fire

26                  27             28                     29
421                 75             92                     83
105 106  107 108    109 110 111    112 113 114 115 116    117 118 119 120
6-  400- 5-  10     30- 5-  40     5-  30- 2-  50- 5      30- 1-  2-  50
and she was         to them        brick                  instead of stone

30                     31             32             33
259                    20             75             278
121 122 123 124 125    126 127 128    129 130 131    132 133 134 135
6-  5-  8-  40- 200    5-  10- 5      30- 5-  40     30- 8-  40- 200
and tar                he was         to them        instead mortar

34                          35             36                 37
263                         12             107                86
136 137 138 139 140  141    142 143 144    145 146 147 148    149 150 151
6-  10- 1-  40- 200- 6      5-  2-  5      50- 2-  50- 5      30- 50- 6
and they said               come           let us build       for us

38             39                     40                       41
280            83                     513                      392
152 153 154    155 156 157 158 159    160 161  162 163  164    165 166  167 168 169
70- 10- 200    6-  40- 3-  4-  30     6-  200- 1-  300- 6      2-  300- 40- 10- 40
city           and tower              and his top              in heavens

42                      43             44          45         46
431                     86             340         130        226
170 171 172 173  174    175 176 177    178  179    180 181    182 183 184 185
6-  50- 70- 300- 5      30- 50- 6      300- 40     80- 50     50- 80- 6-  90
so let us make          for us         name        lest       we be scattered

47         48             49         50                  51
100        140            50         296                 220
186 187    188 189 190    191 192    193 194 195  196    197 198 199  200
70- 30     80- 50- 10     20- 30     5-  1-  200- 90     6-  10- 200- 4
over       face of        whole      earth               but he came down

52                 53                  54         55
26                 631                 401        285
201 202 203 204    205 206  207 208    209 210    211 212 213 214
10- 5-  6-  5      30- 200- 1-  400    1-  400    5-  70- 10- 200
Yhwh               to see              the        city

56             57                     58              59
407            82                     501             58
215 216 217    218 219 220 221 222    223 224  225    226 227 228
6-  1-  400    5-  40- 3-  4-  30     1-  300- 200    2-  50- 6
and            tower                  that            they built

60             61                 62                     63
62             50                 257                    26
229 230 231    232 233 234 235    236 237 238 239 240    241 242 243 244
2-  50- 10     5-  1-  4-  40     6-  10- 1-  40- 200    10- 5-  6-  5
sons of        man                and he said            Yhwh

64         65         66             67                  68
55         110        13             391                 409
245 246    247 248    249 250 251    252 253  254 255    256 257 258
5-  50     70- 40     1-  8-  4      6-  300- 80- 5      1-  8-  400
see        people     one            language            same

69                 70             71                 72
120                18             83                 806
259 260 261 262    263 264 265    266 267 268 269    270 271 272  273 274
30- 20- 30- 40     6-  7-  5      5-  8-  30- 40     30- 70- 300- 6-  400
for all them       and this       to begin them      to do

73                  74          75                 76
481                 31          302                85
275 276 277  278    279 280     281 282 283 284    285 286 287
6-  70- 400- 5      30- 1       10- 2-  90- 200    40- 5-  40
then now            nothing     impossible         for them

77         78              79                 80
50         501             63                 806
288 289    290 291  292    293 294 295 296    297 298 299  300 301
20- 30     1-  300- 200    10- 7-  40- 6      30- 70- 300- 6-  400
all        that            they plan          to do

81             82                   83                     84
12             259                  93                     340
302 303 304    305 306  307 308     309 310 311 312 313    314  315
5-  2-  5      50- 200- 4-  5       6-  50- 2-  30- 5      300- 40
come           let us go down       and let us confuse     there

85                   86              87         88
820                  501             31         426
316  317 318  319    320 321  322    323 324    325 326  327 328 329
300- 80- 400- 40     1-  300- 200    30- 1      10- 300- 40- 70- 6
their language       so              not        they will understand

89             90               91                  92
311            780              281                 186
330 331 332    333  334 335     336  337 338 339    340 341 342 343
1-  10- 300    300- 80- 400     200- 70- 5-  6      6-  10- 80- 90
one            language of      his fellow          so he scattered

93                 94              95              96         97
26                 441             380             100        140
344 345 346 347    348 349  350    351 352  353    354 355    356 357 358
10- 5-  6-  5      1-  400- 40     40- 300- 40     70- 30     80- 50- 10
Yhwh               them            from there      over       face of

98         99                  100                        101
50         296                 64                         482
359 360    361 362 363  364    365 366 367 368 369 370    371 372 373 374
20- 30     5-  1-  200- 90     6-  10- 8-  4-  30- 6      30- 2-  50- 400
all        earth               and they stopped           to build

102                103        104        105              106
285                100        70         301              345
375 376 377 378    379 380    381 382    383  384  385    386  387 388
5-  70- 10- 200    70- 30     20- 50     100- 200- 1      300- 40- 5
the city           for        this       he calls         name of her

107            108         109         110              111
34             30          340         62               26
389 390 391    392 393     394  395    396 397 398      399 400 401 402
2-  2-  30     20- 10      300- 40     2-  30- 30       10- 5-  6-  5
Babel          because     there       he confused      Yhwh

112              113          114                 115
780              50           296                 386
403  404 405     406 407      408 409 410  411    412 413 414  415
300- 80- 400     20- 30       5-  1-  200- 90     6-  40- 300- 40
language of      whole of     earth               and from there

116                    117                118        119
225                    26                 100        140
416 417 418 419 420    421 422 423 424    425 426    427 428 429
5-  80- 10- 90- 40     10- 5-  6-  5      70- 30     80- 50- 10
he scattered them      Yhwh               over       face of

120        121
50         296
430 431    432 433 434  435
20- 30     5-  1-  200- 90
whole      earth3

Numeric Features

The Words

The tower of Babel is not about God. It is about men. It is not a good event. The numeric features will not be consistent.

1.Number of words: 121 = 11 x 11. The factors visually show the one God numerically.

Number of letters: 435 (nf).

1.1Numeric total: 28392 = 23 x 3 x 7 x 132. SF: 42 = 2 x 3 x 7.

1.2.1Even valued word sums:

a) Word position.       b) Word value.

a) 2  3   6   9   10  14  15  16  21 23  28 31 33  35 37 38  41  43
b) 50 296 262 222 184 620 324 340 12 132 92 20 278 12 86 280 392 86

a) 44  45  46  47  48  49 50  51  52 57 59 60 61 63 65  69  70 72
b) 340 130 226 100 140 50 296 220 26 82 58 62 50 26 110 120 18 806

a) 75  77 80  81 84  85  88  90  92  93 95  96  97  98 99  100 101
b) 302 50 806 12 340 820 426 780 186 26 380 100 140 50 296 64  482

a) 103 104 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 117 118 119 120 121
b) 100 70  34  30  340 62  26  780 50  296 386 26  100 140 50  296

Word total: 14594 (nf). Positions: 4745 = 5 x 13 x 73. SF: 91 = 7 x 13.

1.2.2Let's get more specific. Even valued word sums in even word positions:

a) Word position.       b) Word value.

a) 2  6   10  14  16  28 38  44  46  48  50  52 60 70 72  80  84  88
b) 50 262 184 620 340 92 280 340 226 140 296 26 62 18 806 806 340 426

a) 90  92  96  98 100 104 108 110 112 114 118 120
b) 780 186 100 50 64  70  30  62  780 296 100 50

Word total: 7882 = 2 x 7 x 563. SF: 572 = 2 x 2 x 11 x 13. SF: 28 = 2 x 2 x 7.

1.3.1Last letter of each word: 9334 = 2 x 13 x 359. There is no corresponding feature for the first letter of each word. This is because the beginning of the tower of Babel was not a good event. It is God’s judgment that matters at the end.

1.3.2Once again getting more specific, take the last letter of odd valued words.

a) Word position.       b) Last letter of word.

a) 1  4   5   7  8  11 12 13 17 18  19 20  22 24 25 26 27 29 30  32
b) 10 5   400 40 10 6  5  90 6  300 30 6   5  5  5  10 40 50 200 40

a) 34 36 39 40 42 53  54  55  56  58  62  64 66 67 68  71 73 74 76
b) 6  5  30 6  5  400 400 200 400 200 200 50 4  5  400 40 5  1  40

a) 78  79 82 83 86  87 89  91  94 102 105 106 116
b) 200 6  5  5  200 1  300 6   40 200 1   5   40

Only the last letter of odd valued words has a feature: 4669 = 7 x 23 x 29.

1.4Number of letters in words having an even number of letters: 238 = 2 x 7 x 17. SF: 26 = 2 x 13.

The Letters

2.1.1Odd positioned: 12992 = 26 x 7 x 29.

2.1.2Even positioned: 15400 = 23 x 52 x 7 x 11.

2.2.1Odd positioned segments of 3 letters: 14157 = 32 x 112 x 13.

2.2.2Even positioned segments of 3 letters: 14235 = 3 x 5 x 13 x 73.

2.3.1Odd positioned segments of 29 letters: 13720 = 23 x 5 x 73.

2.3.2Even positioned segments of 29 letters: 14672 = 24 x 7 x 131.

2.4.1Odd positioned and odd valued letters:

a) Letter position.       b) Letter value.

a) 3 7 13 23 45 75 79 81 83 99 107 157 193 207 209 211 223 233 245
b) 5 5 5  1  1  1  5  5  5  5  5   3   5   1   1   5   1   1   5

a) 249 255 265 313 345 347 361 375 385 409 433
b) 1   5   5   5   5   5   5   5   1   1   1

Letter total: 104 = 23 x 13.

2.4.2Even positioned and even valued letters:

a) Letter position.       b) Letter value.

a) 2  4  6  10 12 16  18 20  22 24 26 28 32 34 36 38  40 42 44 46 48
b) 10 10 30 90 80 400 4  200 40 8  10 6  2  60 40 100 40 10 90 6  100

a) 54 56 58  60 62 64  66 70  74  76 78 80 82 84 86 90 92 94 96  98
b) 90 50 200 10 2  300 6  200 300 30 70 6  2  50 2  2  10 6  300 80

a) 100 102 106 108 114 120 124 132 134 136 140 146 150 152 154 156
b) 30  200 400 10  2   50  40  30  40  6   200 2   50  70  200 40

a) 158 160 164 166 168 170 172 176 178 180 182 184 186 188 190 192
b) 4   6   6   300 10  6   70  50  300 80  50  6   70  80  10  30

a) 196 198 200 206 208 210 212 214 222 224 226 228 230 234 236 240
b) 90  10  4   200 400 400 70  200 30  300 2   6   50  4   6   200

a) 246 248 250 252 254 258 260 262 268 270 272 274 276 282 284 288
b) 50  40  8   6   80  400 20  40  30  30  300 400 70  2   200 20

a) 292 296 298 300 306 310 312 314 316 318 322 326 328 332 334 336
b) 200 6   70  6   200 50  30  300 300 400 200 300 70  300 80  200

a) 340 342 344 346 350 352 354 356 358 360 364 366 368 370 372 374
b) 6   80  10  6   40  300 70  80  10  30  90  10  4   6   2   400

a) 376 378 380 382 384 386 390 392 394 396 398 404 406 410 412 414
b) 70  200 30  50  200 300 2   20  300 2   30  80  20  200 6   300

a) 418 420 426 428 430 434
b) 10  40  30  50  20  200

Letter total: 15184 = 24 x 13 x 73.

The Proclamation

Because humanity did not worship God, but turned to worshiping themselves, and relied on their works, they rejected the God of The Proclamation. God confused human language and scattered them, accelerating the development of tribes, kingdoms, and nations. Including The Proclamation (Exodus 34:6-7) with the story of Babel reveals more of God’s hand.

3.1The Proclamation and Genesis 11:1-9 together have 154 words (154 = 2 x 7 x 11).

3.2Combined verse totals: 34566 = 2 x 3 x 7 x 823. (This is not a new feature, but a natural outcome of individual totals that are already divisible by 7.)

3.3First last words of each passage: 966 = 2 x 3 x 7 x 23. SF: 35 = 5 x 7.

3.4.1Odd valued words:

a) Word position (Exodus listed first).
b) Word value.

a) 1   4  7   8   11  14  15  18 19  20 21  24  34 37  38  40 41 44
b) 317 31 221 131 447 191 351 29 161 31 165 409 31 385 409 63 31 153

a) 45  46  50  51  52 53  55  57  58  59  60 62 63  65 67  69  72 73
b) 177 293 263 311 31 281 137 641 615 421 75 83 259 75 263 107 83 513

a) 75  86  87  88  89  91  95  97 99 100 101 104 106 107 109 111 112
b) 431 631 401 285 407 501 257 55 13 391 409 83  481 31  85  501 63

a) 115 116 119 120 122 124 127 135 138 139 149
b) 259 93  501 31  311 281 441 285 301 345 225

Total: 16282 = 2 x 7 x 1163.

3.4.2Even valued words:

a) Word position (Exodus listed first).
b) Word value.

a) 2  3  5   6   9   10 12  13 16  17  22  23  25  26  27  28 29  30
b) 26 26 254 120 208 72 340 72 126 456 184 126 100 102 106 62 102 100

a) 31  32  33  35 36  39  42  43  47  48  49  54 56  61 64 66  68 70
b) 680 106 322 50 296 262 222 184 620 324 340 12 132 92 20 278 12 86

a) 71  74  76 77  78  79  80  81  82 83  84  85 90 92 93 94 96 98
b) 280 392 86 340 130 226 100 140 50 296 220 26 82 58 62 50 26 110

a) 102 103 105 108 110 113 114 117 118 121 123 125 126 128 129 130
b) 120 18  806 302 50  806 12  340 820 426 780 186 26  380 100 140

a) 131 132 133 134 136 137 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 150
b) 50  296 64  482 100 70  34  30  340 62  26  780 50  296 386 26

a) 151 152 153 154
b) 100 140 50  296

Total: 18284 = 22 x 7 x 653.

3.5.1Odd positioned letters: 15778 = 2 x 73 x 23. (Extra factors of 7 appear.)

3.5.2Even positioned: 18788 = 22 x 7 x 11 x 61.

God had a hand in human language formation. Is it any surprise that human languages should continue to bear evidence of His work when it expresses ideas that come from Him?

Conclusion

The confusion of human language was one case of early divine intervention. God’s disapproval was clearly seen at the tower of Babel. It was not long after the Flood, and God didn't want humanity destroyed again so soon. But in other circumstances, this will not always be the case (see: The Donkey Speaks). The more egocentric and selfish the people, the more easily they will miss the warning signs. In the end, even Jesus' resurrection was missed by his generation.

Let us not be so closed off from God’s loving voice that He has to strike us with confusion or disaster in order to warn us.

Notes

1.English reference quotes are from the Revised Standard Version, Thomas Nelson Inc., 1972.

2.Hebrew text is from Bibleworks 3.2.009 by Michael S. Bushell, 1995. Verse numbering, vowels and punctuation have been removed.

3.Interlinear English was adapted from The NIV Interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament, edited by John R. Kohleberger III, Zondervan Publishing House, volume 1, 1979.

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