The order of God to multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number was for Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the tree sons of Noah. But the more they multiplied, the more they diverged from God, and there were divisions among them; those who wanted to forget God separated from those who loved God. Now, the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved, eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. Then they decided to build there a city and a tower so high that its top reached to heaven, to prevent people from spreading. But God had ordered the men to spread out throughout the land. But the inhabitants of the plain did not trust the promises of God that he would not bring a flood to the earth. The Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said: "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world and scattered them over the face of the earth.