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

Genesis 10:10, NIV: "The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar."

Genesis 10:10, ESV: "The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar."

Genesis 10:10, KJV: "And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar."

Genesis 10:10, NASB: "And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar."

Genesis 10:10, NLT: "He built his kingdom in the land of Babylonia, with the cities of Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh."

Genesis 10:10, CSB: "His kingdom started with Babylon, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar."

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

The previous verses introduced Nimrod, famous in the world as a champion and mighty hunter. He also built a series of kingdoms for himself. Beginning in the land known as Shinar, Nimrod established his kingdom with Babel (or Babylon), Erech, Accad, and Calneh. Traditionally, Nimrod is viewed as an early tyrant—a dictator of considerable power. As the following verse will reveal, many parts of Nimrod's kingdom will eventually become powerful enemies to Israel. These include kingdoms such as Assyria and Nineveh.

The city of Babel will become the focal point of the next chapter as the events around the building of the Tower of Babel unfold (Genesis 11:1–9).