a bold man, and of great strength of hand/
persuading all to believe that it was their own courage/ which procured that happiness they knew/
though old wise heads saw in this/
contemptuous affront to God, daring dread/
And yet, so persuasive was he in being convincing/
to all God could not be trusted not to Flood humanity again/ by means of yet another watery cataclysm/
thus he sought to construct a towering refuge/
too high for a thousand days of rains to reach/
a precaution misread by the Almighty as pride/
in refusing to consider perhaps mankind deserved to die/ especially if the predominant state of mind/
was such that hunters became kings imbued/
by Nimrodish tyranny/
The Tower being but something resembling a hedge against bad Fate/ and means to sate the will and wean the brain/
from rightful fear divine caprice renewed again.

“Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the

government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to reach. And that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers. Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than any one could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water. When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them diverse languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion …” ~ Flavius Josephus

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