Genesis 10:1-32 Origin of the Nations of the earth
1 “Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood.
2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 3 The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 4 The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5 From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.
6 The sons of Ham were
15 Canaan begot
children were born also to Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of
Japheth the elder. 22 The
sons of Shem were
32 These were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations; and from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood.” NKJV
Facts revealed in special people named:
Y Moses was writing to people after the earth was divided so his national locations given reflect the earth in its divided condition of his day.
Y We are reminded that the sons of Noah were Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Y Japheth and his descendants are listed first because he is the eldest of the three sons of Noah. [see Genesis 10:21]
v Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
Gomer is believed to be
Magog is identified as the peoples
who settled North of the Black Sea; the Magogites whom the Greeks called “Scythians”
Antiquities; and located north of the
Tubal is a location that still
bears the name 1,500 miles East of Moscow called “
Meshech is believed to be
Togarmah is described as “the
Far North” by God
Himself as He spoke to Ezekiel; and “the Far North” from
Tarshish would then be a reference
the peoples along the coastlands and islands of Western Europe and “all
their young lions” will represent the Colonial nations that sprang from
them including the
Some teach (from Roman Catholic tradition)
that these are all located in
The sons of Japheth are (according to Josephus) the
1 “Now the word of the LORD came to me,
"Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the
prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say,
'Thus says the LORD
"Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you
around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses,
and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and
shields, all of them handling swords. 5
Y Ham, youngest son of Noah, his descendants are the peoples who settled from Asia or Turkey, Iraq, Canaan and south through the continent of Africa based on their names and those same names found in that part of the world.
Cush and Put are in north Africa. Canaan was in the land given by God to
Nimrod descended from
In other words he was the first tyrant
ruler hunting for men to be subjected under himself. So he started his monarchy by beginning his kingdom
v Mizraim, from his son Casluhim came the Philistines and the Caphtorim.
Canaan was the father of
v Canaan was also the father of all the nations God cast out when He brought Israel from Egypt to the “Land of Canaan,” the “Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites -- seven nations. [see Deuteronomy 7:1]
Y Shem, the second son of Noah is mentioned last because the story continues from him to Abraham and then his descendants through whom all the rest of God’s revelation came.
Shem’s descendants settled in the mountains of the
East which would include all the Eastern nations of
v Eber named one of his sons Peleg because in his days the earth was divided.
v Peleg was born the forth generation 101 years after the Great Flood [Genesis 11:10-17] being the son of Eber, the son of Salah, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem. This provided plenty of time for the people to scatter over the entire face of the earth since they started in the middle.
Nimrod and the Tower of Babel were the second generation after the flood being the son of Cush, the son of Ham.
1:9] originally the waters were gathered into one place, thus the
earth was one continent over which the people were scattered after the
Then, in the days of Eber (means “the region beyond”) and Peleg (means “division, divided”), the earth was divided to the separation of continents and islands present today. Therefore, since the people were scattered over the entire face of the earth, when the earth was divided the people were already on the land and the continents were populated.
The fact that in all areas of the world legends indicate the people knew of a ship that saved the people and animals which demonstrates that the “land division” happened after the Great flood of Noah’s day and all their traditions include that story. The story of the Great Flood is known on all the continents and islands with different renderings.
Abraham was descended from Shem. He first lived
Y These were the families of the sons of Noah according to their generations (times), and in their nations.
Y From these, the nations were divided on the earth after the Flood.
Since the nations were divided and spread over
the face of the earth we must realize that [Genesis 10] is the overview of
the origin of the nations; and the spreading did not occur until after