Spread Through all the Earth Abroad: Genesis 10

Posted: January 20, 2011 in Devotionals

In Genesis 9:1 the LORD commands Noah and his family to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth”…and that’s exactly what happens. Chapter 10 tells of how Noah’s 3 sons and their wives populate the whole earth. The chapter begins with Japheth and his descendants. We’re told that they populated the regions around the Mediterranean Sea.

“From these the coastland peoples spread in their lands, each with his own language, by their clans and nations.”

Genesis 10:5

After that, we read of the descendants of Ham. The bulk of the chapter is devoted to these guys. From this line comes many of Israel’s enemies. Egypt, Assyria, the Philistines…and others.

The chapter ends with the descendants of Shem. Just keep in mind, this line is important, because from the line of Shem will come the Abraham, the father of the people of Israel.

“These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.”

Genesis 10:32

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