Genesis 10:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 10:1, NIV: "This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah's sons, who themselves had sons after the flood."

Genesis 10:1, ESV: "These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood."

Genesis 10:1, KJV: "Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood."

Genesis 10:1, NASB: "Now these are the records of the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and sons were born to them after the flood."

Genesis 10:1, NLT: "This is the account of the families of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the three sons of Noah. Many children were born to them after the great flood."

Genesis 10:1, CSB: "These are the family records of Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. They also had sons after the flood."

What does Genesis 10:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse introduces what is sometimes called the table of nations. In addition to listing some of the descendants of Noah's sons, the chapter also mentions the lands and nations that formed among these descendants. This is the purpose God intended for mankind in His commands after the flood: to repopulate the earth (Genesis 9:7). As part of His will, God had promised to never again destroy the earth with a flood (Genesis 9:11).

It's an awesome thought to realize that the descendants of these individuals became the peoples of the ancient world, the nations that Israel would eventually interact with as a nation themselves. The incidents of the prior chapter have a drastic impact on these future generations. Since Ham dishonored Noah (Genesis 9:24), his son Canaan was cursed. The out-workings of that curse will not be clear until many generations later, when Israel arrives in the Promised Land.

The verse is clear that these sons were born to Noah's three sons after the flood and not before.