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  • Rick Colombe on 1 Chronicles 1
    I'm looking for understanding in verse 19 where it states " the earth was divided in those days ". Does anyone have an explanation?
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Chronicles 1
    The genealogy of Shem (Noah's son) is being recorded here amongst others; it divides between the sons of Eber: Peleg & Joktan. And from Peleg the genealogy goes on to Abraham. So a part of Shem's descendants end in Babylon & the other with Abraham.

    Therefore two lines of humanity diverge at this point: those who wanted to make a name for themselves and those to whom God would make a name, with the call of Abraham. Joktan's line went eastward where the Tower of Babel was built.

    So I understand 1 Chronicles 1:19 & Genesis 10:25 (similar accounts) to show that the "earth's division (in those days)" was because of the forced separation (or division) because of the Lord's confusing of their common language which bonded all the families/tribes to stay together. And this was not God's intention, which required their separation from each other (Genesis chap 11).

    Some might look at that verse as describing the separating of the land into various land masses & nations, but I don't follow that line of thinking in this instance.
  • Rick Colombe - in Reply on 1 Chronicles 1
    Thanks Chris! Your comment on relating to the earth being divided seems to make sense. I appreciate your reply.
  • Rick Colombe - in Reply on 1 Chronicles 1
    Another correction. the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided:
  • Rick Colombe - in Reply on 1 Chronicles 1
    Correcting myself. The name of the one was Pelegrn; because in his days the earth was divided: Again, anyone know what is meant here? Thanks.

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