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1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.

4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,

14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,

16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,

17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,

18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

23 And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.

24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.

25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.

26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,

27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,

28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,

29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.

30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.

31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.

32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.


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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 10 Bible commentary...

The sons of Noah, of Japheth, of Ham. (1-7) Nimrod the first monarch. (8-14) The descendants of Canaan, The sons of Shem. (15-32)1-7 This chapter shows concerning the three sons of Noah, that of them was the whole earth overspread. No nation but that of the Jews can be sure from which of these seventy it has come. The lists of names of fathers and sons were preserved of the Jews alone, for the sake of the Messiah. Many learned men, however, have, with some probability, shown which of the nations of the earth descended from each of the sons of Noah To the posterity of Japheth were allotted the isles of the gentiles; probably, the island of Britain among the rest. All places beyond the sea from Judea are called isles, #Jer 25:22|. That promise, #Isa 42:4|, The isles shall wait for his law, speaks of the conversion of the gentiles to the faith of Christ.

8-14 Nimrod was a great man in his day; he began to be mighty in the earth, Those before him were content to be upon the same level with their neighbours, and though every man bare rule in his own house, yet no man pretended any further. Nimrod was resolved to lord it over his neighbours. The spirit of the giants before the flood, who became mighty men, and men of renown, #Ge 6:4|, revived in him. Nimrod was a great hunter. Hunting then was the method of preventing the hurtful increase of wild beasts. This required great courage and address, and thus gave an opportunity for Nimrod to command others, and gradually attached a number of men to one leader. From such a beginning, it is likely, that Nimrod began to rule, and to force others to submit. He invaded his neighbours' rights and properties, and persecuted innocent men; endeavouring to make all his own by force and violence. He carried on his oppressions and violence in defiance of God himself. Nimrod was a great ruler. Some way or other, by arts or arms, he got into power, and so founded a monarchy, which was the terror of the mighty, and bid fair to rule all the world. Nimrod was a great builder. Observe in Nimrod the nature of ambition. It is boundless; much would have more, and still cries, Give, give. It is restless; Nimrod, when he had four cities under his command, could not be content till he had four more. It is expensive; Nimrod will rather be at the charge of rearing cities, than not have the honour of ruling them. It is daring, and will stick at nothing. Nimrod's name signifies rebellion; tyrants to men are rebels to God. The days are coming, when conquerors will no longer be spoken of with praise, as in man's partial histories, but be branded with infamy, as in the impartial records of the Bible.

15-32 The posterity of Canaan were numerous, rich, and pleasantly seated; yet Canaan was under a Divine curse, and not a curse causeless. Those that are under the curse of God, may, perhaps, thrive and prosper in this world; for we cannot know love or hatred, the blessing or the curse, by what is before us, but by what is within us. The curse of God always works really, and always terribly. Perhaps it is a secret curse, a curse to the soul, and does not work so that others can see it; or a slow curse, and does not work soon; but sinners are reserved by it for a day of wrath Canaan here has a better land than either Shem or Japheth, and yet they have a better lot, for they inherit the blessing. Abram and his seed, God's covenant people, descended from Eber, and from him were called Hebrews. How much better it is to be like Eber, the father of a family of saints and honest men, than the father of a family of hunters after power, worldly wealth, or vanities. Goodness is true greatness.


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Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 11/21/2014, 7:37am...

Hello Gyenyame Flavious One last comment I have not read anywhere in the Bible where Satan begot anyone through sexual means. Please read my comments to Katie on 10 15 14 at 8 59 and 9 00 am under Genesis Chapter 3 page 2.


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 11/21/2014, 3:29am...

Hello Gyenyame Flavious The point I am trying to make is that some preachers have stated and some religions bases teach that black people were begotten by Satan. Because of this Black people are cursed. I understand that Mormon or Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe in this. This really cannot be true because black people are found in Jesus Christ lineage. So if Black people were really cursed and tainted then why would Jesus Christ put them in his lineage. Once again we can talk about this subject until the cows come home but it still does not stop the deep rooted prejudice in America and around the world. However, if people do not get saved according to Acts 2 38 then they will die in their sins with their prejudicial thoughts separated forever away from God. I am not saying not to teach this information because it is part of the Bible, but unless people truly get saved by following Acts 2 38 and continue to want to live saved their thoughts will never change.


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 11/20/2014, 7:54pm...

Hello Gyenyame Flavious Your comment is noted. It is very nice to know that Black people are mentioned in the Bible. Solomon was also a Black man whom God loved also. 2 Samuel 12 24 "And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon and the LORD loved him ". According to some scholars Solomon mother, Bathsheba, was black. This being the case then when you read the lineage of Jesus Christ you will find this Black man, Solomon mentioned. Matthew 1 6 And Jesse begat David the king and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias . So if Black people were gotten by Satan then why would Jesus make them part of his lineage. This is something to think about isn t it? Knowing that black people were spoken of in the Bible is good, however knowing this does not change the much deep rooted prejudice in our country and around the world. However, if we can get people to get saved, truly saved then prejudice will become a thing of the past with them, because they will be striving to live saved and love everybody, help everybody, and strive for equality for everybody. People must follow Acts 2 38. Once they get truly saved then God can mold them into the right frame of mind, heart, and soul.


Gyenyame Flavious's Genesis Chapter 10 comment about verse 22 on 11/13/2014, 7:45am...

Elam were those people who settled in Anda now India, the Elamited were driven from Anda by Ayan nomades. This forced them to resettle in Jarawa an island in present day India, those Elamites who risisted are now called black Indians. They called the land Andaman till this day


Gyenyame Flavious's Genesis Chapter 10 comment about verse 15 on 11/13/2014, 7:35am...

Canaan the son of Kham Ham was the first black man with Hamatic language like that of Mizraim Khemet , Ethiopia and Somalia. All these children came from Ham and thus spoke Hamatic language of which the Hebrew language came. The sons of Canaan were the first to populate the land of Palastine not the recent Percian a.k.a Arabs


Flavious Gyenyame's Genesis Chapter 10 comment about verse 8 on 11/13/2014, 7:24am...

Nimrod the son of Ethiopia become the ancestors and founder of black nation in Asia minor now middle East. First kingdom of Ethiopia was Babylon founded by Nimrod, Ur, Chaldea where Abraham came from. The country of his nativity.


Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 10/15/2014, 2:10pm...

Hello Lisa Even though the wives are not mentioned by name, they are mentioned before the flood as wives and that they entered the Ark with Noah and his sons. Genesis 7 7 "And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons ' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood ". So after the flood waters were gone then those eight people produced children. Their children produced children and so forth. I do not know why the women are not mentioned but they were there. However, as time went forward there were more and more women mentioned in the Bible and by name.


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