1 Chronicles 4:40

“And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable: for they of Ham had dwelt there of old.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They found rich and good pasture, and the land was broad and quiet and peaceful; for those who lived there formerly {were} Hamites.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they that dwelt there aforetime were of Ham.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they came to some good fertile grass-land, in a wide quiet country of peace-loving people; for the people who were living there before were of the offspring of Ham.
- Basic English Bible

And they found fat and good pasture, and a land widely extended and quiet and fertile, for they who had dwelt there formerly were of Ham.
- Darby Bible

And they found rich pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old.
- Webster's Bible

They found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for those who lived there before were of Ham.
- World English Bible

and they find pasture, fat and good, and the land broad of sides, and quiet, and safe, for of Ham are those dwelling there before.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they that dwelt there aforetime were of Ham.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Chronicles 4:40


4:40 Fat pasture, &c. - Those who thus dwelt (as we do) in a fruitfulcountry, and whose land is wide and quiet and peaceable, have reason toown themselves indebted to that God, who appoints the bounds of ourhabitation. Of Ham - The Canaanites, who descended from Ham.And accordingly these words contain a reason, why they went and possessedthis place, because it was not in the hands of their brethren of Judah,but in the possession of that people which they had authority to expel.


Discussion for 1 Chronicles 4:40

  • Sandile Swana for verse 40
    I think 1st Chronicles 4 40 is a wonderful verse. It is clear from the verse that the land was left by the descendants of Ham in a better place than they had found it and also it was even more hospitable and productive because of the descendants of Ham. It is therefore groundless to think that anything that falls into the hands of black people will deteriorate. Furthermore there are no biblical grounds to say the descendants of Ham are cursed, to this verse attributes excellence to Hamites.

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