The Table of Nations
- This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah's sons, who themselves had sons after the flood.
- The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshek and Tiras.
- The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah.
- The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, the Kittites and the Rodanites.
- (From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.)
- The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.
- The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteka. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.
- Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became 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."
- The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar.
- From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah
- and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.
- Egypt was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites,
- Pathrusites, Kasluhites (from whom the Philistines came) and Caphtorites.
- Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites,
- Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites,
- Hivites, Arkites, Sinites,
- Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites. Later the Canaanite clans scattered
- and the borders of Canaan reached from Sidon toward Gerar as far as Gaza, and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, as far as Lasha.
- These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
- Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.
- The sons of Shem: Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram.
- The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek.
- Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, and Shelah the father of Eber.
- Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.
- Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,
- Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,
- Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
- Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.
- The region where they lived stretched from Mesha toward Sephar, in the eastern hill country.
- These are the sons of Shem by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
- These are the clans of Noah's sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood.
- 'Sons' may mean 'descendants' or 'successors' or 'nations'; also in verses 3, 4, 6, 7, 20-23, 29 and 31.
- Some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Septuagint and 1 Chron. 1:7); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text 'Dodanites'
- 'Father' may mean 'ancestor' or 'predecessor' or 'founder'; also in verses 13, 15, 24 and 26.
- Or 'Uruk and Akkad—all of them in'
- That is, Babylonia
- Or 'Nineveh with its city squares'
- Or 'of the Sidonians, the foremost'
- Or 'Shem, the older brother of'
- See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 1:17; Hebrew 'Mash'.
- Hebrew; Septuagint 'father of Cainan, and Cainan was the father of'
- 'Peleg' means 'division.'