Genesis Chapter 10
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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.
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.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 10/14/2014, 7:11am...
Hello Lois Small and Chris Simply put, seeming on how there was only Adam and Eve in the beginning then we must deduce that Eve had girl children as well. By the time Shem, Ham, and Japheth were old enough to get married. There were daughters, granddaughters, nieces, aunts, sisters, and cousins who were girls, so there were plenty of women to choose from. We do not know who they married because the Bible does not mention their names or what rank they held. Now this is not saying that everyone can go out and marry their sister or closest relatives. God is the only one who can change the blood of anyone. Even though this was allowed under this time it is not allowed now, because in many cases the dangers of certain diseases and birth defects are just to great. We can deduce, however, after the population began to build back up, he then laid down the law concerning marriage and family, Leviticus Chapter 18.
Chris's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 10/12/2014, 4:41pm...
As others have asked wherefrom the mothers of these children? The wives of Ham, Shem and so on?
Lois small's Genesis Chapter 10 comment about verse 6 on 9/11/2014, 1:19pm...
I want to know who were the mothers of Ham, Cush, and Canaan
Mary Jo Evans's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 4/14/2014, 3:54pm...
Clayton, I 'm sure someone has told you by now, it says the "earth " was divided, it says "for in his days was the earth divided ", speaking of Pelegs days.
Janice B Daniels's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 1/10/2014, 6:23pm...
Lisa you may have this anwer by now, but I am just reading the comments. In Gen. 6 or 7
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
Later God instruct them to go and multiply.
Ulafaye's Genesis Chapter 10 comment on 12/21/2013, 8:53pm...
What are the women names that gave birth to all the sons?
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