Genesis 10:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 10:11, NIV: "From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah"

Genesis 10:11, ESV: "From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and"

Genesis 10:11, KJV: "Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,"

Genesis 10:11, NASB: "From that land he went to Assyria, and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah,"

Genesis 10:11, NLT: "From there he expanded his territory to Assyria, building the cities of Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah,"

Genesis 10:11, CSB: "From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah,"

What does Genesis 10:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The previous verses introduced Nimrod, one of the descendants of Ham. Apparently a great ruler of the time, he is described as a mighty hunter before the Lord. Most traditions of the time also paint Nimrod as a tyrant, wielding great power in his lifetime. After establishing his kingdom in the region of Shinar in the south, Nimrod moved north into Assyria. There he built the great city of Nineveh and the close-by towns of Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and those mentioned in the following verse.

Later in Scripture, Nineveh and the Assyrians will become famous for their might, cruelty, and wickedness. God will send the prophet Jonah to take a message of salvation to the people of Nineveh; Jonah will resist. The ruins of Nineveh remain to this day, near the modern city of Mosul in Iraq.