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This text stands as a book end to the story of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9).
In Babel, the story begins with one language and a common understanding and purpose, but ends with many languages, confusion and scattering.
In Acts the story begins with many languages, and ends with many languages, but contains in the middle a common hearing about God's deeds of power (Verse 11).
Unfortunately, unlike the story of Babel, this story does not contain within it any cautionary tale against human hubris. It is absolutely crucial in reading this text aright to truly pause and ponder the question asked in Verse 12:
What does this mean?
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