A great man and his wife had a great house on top of a great hill from which they could see all around for miles and miles. And they had 10 children, with plans for more
As the children grew each one of the 10 spoke a different language, and eventually all stopped speaking their native tongue, the language of their parents. And as they lived on top of a great hill, they were seen by all. And as he was a great man, they were emulated by most families that knew of them.
Although the family was initially humble, they enjoyed the celebrity of their emulation. So they hid their struggles of internal communications and spoke glowingly about the diversity of the languages of their family. And their conversations were also emulated by those who imagined they would better if like them.
Now can you imagine that families were nations? Of course you can.
Genesis 10:1-32 (KJV) 1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. . . . . . . 32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
Genesis 11:5-9 (KJV) 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.