At Genesis 11: 5-7 we read:

" The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”

My question is: Who was/were God talking to, when He said "..let us go down.." ? Was it to the angels, or to the Holy Spirit ? What do the teachings of Catholic Church tell about the words of God at Babel ?


This is not the first or the only time. Please, look at Gen 1:26 and 3:22. Referring to the spirit creature who became the perfect man Jesus, the apostle Paul said: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and upon the earth.” (Colossians 1:15, 16) It seems logical that God was speaking to his only-begotten Son, the “master worker,” who was at his side during the creation of the heavens and the earth. (Proverbs 8:22-31)

  • Both Trinitarians and Binitarians would agree with this answer, with one minor exception. In much of early Genesis, the word "God" is, in the original Hebrew, "Elohim", a plural word referring to the Godhead. Then in Gen 11:6, the word is "YHVH", the name of the being that later became Jesus. I.e. it was the Son talking to the Father, not the other way around. But as they are one in thought, in this case it doesn't really matter which one spoke to the other. – Ray Butterworth Jan 14 at 23:16
  • @RayButterworth I don't think most trinitarians would agree with the description of the second Person of the Trinity as a "spirit creature". – Andreas Blass May 29 at 1:26
  • @RayButterworth That wouldn't work. Scripture is explicit that there are is no "elohim" except for "Yhwh." Hear O Israel, Yhwh is our Elohim; Yhwh is one." – Sola Gratia Jun 27 at 21:57

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