Dave Burnette's Commentary

Genesis Chapter 10

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: To Record God's Creation and Identify His Plan (c 1-22)
Theme: The Story of Noah (c 6-11)
Message: The Generations of the Sons of Noah (v 1-32)

Genesis 10 Commentary

(10:1-8) The Semites - Shem's descendants were called Semites. Abraham, David, and Jesus descended from Shem. Ham's descendants settled in Canaan, Egypt and the rest of Africa. Japheth's descendants settled for the most part in Europe and Asia Minor.

(10:8-9) Nimrod is First Mentioned - Who was Nimrod? Not much is known about him except that he was a mighty warrior and a great hunter. But people with great gifts can become proud, and that is probably what happened to Nimrod. Some consider him the founder of the great, godless Babylonian Empire.

(10:15-32) Cannan was Under a Curse - The posperity of Canaan was noted, rich, and prosperous, but Canaan was under a Divine curse which will unfold in the Chapters Ahead.  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. God's Way is Always the Best Way.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Sin's Influence

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. There are many applications we can make from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Genesis with Chapter 10, and in today's text, we see the genealogy of the sons of Noah. As in many families, Shem and Japheth took the right path while Ham chose a sinful way, and his family tree contains many enemies of the people of God throughout the ages. I look at Noah, the great hero of the faith in chapter 9, who sinned and then was drunk, which led to Ham's Sin and a curse. It shows us that even people who God used still sin and make bad choices, and these choices have long lasting consequences. In making application of today's text to my life, It reminds me that I must guard my heart against sin and live Humbly before my God. Not just for my life but the life of my kids also. My sin affects their lives. How about you? Do you live humbly and guard your heart against sin? Remember, your kids and future generations will be affected by the sins we commit. Let us focus and live righteously before our God, for it affects our families for years to come.


Genesis 10

Genesis 10

 1Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

 2The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

 3And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.

 4And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

 5By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

 6And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

 7And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

 8And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

 9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

 10And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

 11Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

 12And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

 13And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,

 14And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

 15And Canaan begat Sidon his first born, and Heth,

 16And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,

 17And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,

 18And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

 19And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

 20These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

 21Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

 22The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

 23And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.

 24And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.

 25And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.

 26And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,

 27And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,

 28And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,

 29And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.

 30And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.

 31These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.

 32These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.