Genesis Chapter 10:
(1) Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
(2) The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
(3) And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
(4) And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
(5) By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
(6) And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
(7) And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
(8) And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
(9) He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
(10) And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
(11) Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
(12) And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
(13) And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
(14) And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
(15) And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
(16) And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
(17) And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
(18) And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
(19) And 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.
(20) These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.
(21) Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
(22) The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.
(23) And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.
(24) And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.
(25) And 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.
(26) And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,
(27) And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
(28) And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
(29) And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.
(30) And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
(31) These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
(32) These 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.
Thought For This Chapter…
Buried within this genealogical listing of the descendants of Noah, we find an interesting description about Nimrod… “… Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.”(Vs 8-9). From this small, yet important testimony we can learn two things…
- First of all the importance of our testimony comes into clear view.
Why was Nimrod’s testimony included in this genealogy? It was because Moses was moved by the Lord to include a description it. This speaks volumes about the importance of Nimrod’s testimony and, by implication, our public testimonies as well.
- Secondly, the importance of what we do in our public life.
Whether we realize it or not, people are watching our actions and are influenced by them. In Nimrod’s case, because he was a “mighty hunter” he gained much respect and honor from those around him. Apparently this led to a great following of men which resulted in the beginnings of the kingdom of Babel (vs 10).
Not only did was Nimrod famous due to his great abilities, but he also influenced the lives of many people leading them into sin and rebellion against God which is always associated with Babel.
- Thirdly, the Lord knows our ways.
Moses emphasizes that all this was done “before the Lord”. In other words, God was present during the rise of Nimrod and establishment of Babel and, by implication, would hold him accountable for what he was doing with his talents and authority that had been given to him.
Folks, what will be our testimony after we die? One of the greatest ways to think about this is to ask “What would my acquaintances put on my tombstone if they were given the choice?”. By God’s grace, our epitaph would speak of our loving service to Christ and others!