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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
This last portion of Genesis, Chapter 10 (v. 21-32) is another genealogical section, this time detailing several generations of the descendants of Shem the third of Noah’s sons who had been with Noah on the ark.
The names listed, whatever version of the bible we may look at, are unusual to our ears. The locations where they settled had different names in biblical times than they have in today’s world. A person could devote a lifetime of biblical and historical research to trying to figure out where the places are in our modern world and what nations were descended from each of Noah’s sons, grandsons and so on.
As for me, I am content to just realize what this chapter says at the very end, “From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood. “
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