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Verse 3

"And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar."

"Brick ... slime had they for mortar ..." The absence of building stone on the plains of Shinar led to the perfection of the brick industry, thus providing materials for the ambitious project contemplated. "The word for slime here is [~hemar], that is bitumen or asphalt."[7] This was a different substance from that used in preparing the ark for Moses, or that Noah used to caulk the ark.

How innocent all this seemed, how practical, and commendable! Despite the innocuous appearance, however, wicked forces of the greatest magnitude were behind these proceedings. Man wanted to be God. As Neff put it:

"A true son of Adam, man wants to be God Himself. He wants to run the world in his own way. He wants to put himself at the center of his civilization on a pedestal inscribed with his own name: `Glory to MAN in the highest!'[8]

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