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Genesis Chapter Ten part 2, A study of Genesis 10:6 & 7, Genesis 10:8 & 9, Genesis 10:10 - 12, & Genesis 10:13 & 14 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Genesis 10:6 & 7 

"The sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan." NIV translation

Most scholars associate these descendants of Ham with the peoples of the African continent. Although, with the migration of people throughout the years, we cannot say who an individual is descended from with any degree of accuracy.

Genesis 10:8 & 9

"Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: that is why it is said, 'Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.'" NIV translation 

At first glance, it seems that this Nimrod was a great man of God but, in fact, he was not. We see, here, that he was a mighty warrior but it does not say that he was a warrior on the right side (God's side). We also see that he was a "mighty hunter" and most take that to mean that he was good at hunting animals for food but what this passage speaks to is the fact that he wanted to be a great world ruler and rule over all the world (hunter of men's souls). 

As we shall see later, his pride elevated him to want to be in the place of God.

Genesis 10:10 - 12

"The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh, in Shinar. From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city." NIV translation

Many of the cities that are listed here will be mentioned throughout the Bible but, for the most part, they are not mentioned in a good way. This proud man would build cities and nations that were filled with pride and that brings them into direct opposition to God.

Genesis 10:13 & 14

"Mizraim was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, Pathrusites, Casluhites (from whom the Philistines came) and Caphtorites." NIV translation

Just as we saw with the descendants of Cush, the descendants of Mizraim would also oppose God and His people. The Philistines would come to war against God's people and be subdued by David.

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