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 was 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 be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying
their forefathers !