At the Tower of Babel, God punished the children of Adam for their rebellion against Him. "And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of the Man had built. And the Lord said, 'Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.' So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the earth." (Gen. 11:5-9)
Up until that point in time, all people were of one kind, simply "generic" children of Adam, the Man. The children of Adam were united in their rebellion against their Creator. There was great power in their unity - "Nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them." So God divided them. That division and dispersion marks the beginning of the goyim; i.e., the nations, the Gentiles, the heathen.
The Hebrew Scriptures (Tanakh) generally portray the goyim as proud, immoral, and brutal, earning for themselves the wrath of God. (However, there are exceptions; please see THE GENTILES WHO JOINED THEMSELVES TO ISRAEL.) From the Tower of Babel on, each and every nation - all the Gentiles - failed to be a people worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth.  

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In the Beginning
The Goyim Were First
Hopeless Gentiles

The Origins of Israel's Separation
The Gentiles who joined themselves to Israel
A People Set Apart
Jews and Hebrews

You Shall Be Cut Off
The Faithful Remnant of Israel