The Tower of Babel


by John Miers

And the whole earth was of one language, and one speech.


And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

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

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

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.

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

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.

Read the annotations to The Tower of Babel here

About the Artist:

John Miers is currently pursuing a practice-based PhD examining the formal properties of comics at Central St Martins. “Babel” was originally presented at the International Comic Art Forum 2009, and since then has been exhibited numerous times, notably as part of “That’s Novel”, curated by Paul Gravett, and at the International Alternative Press Festival 2011. View more of his work at