Genesis 10:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 10:19, NIV: "and the borders of Canaan reached from Sidon toward Gerar as far as Gaza, and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, as far as Lasha."

Genesis 10:19, ESV: "And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha."

Genesis 10:19, KJV: "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."

Genesis 10:19, NASB: "The territory of the Canaanite extended from Sidon going toward Gerar, as far as Gaza; and going toward Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha."

Genesis 10:19, NLT: "and the territory of Canaan extended from Sidon in the north to Gerar and Gaza in the south, and east as far as Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, near Lasha."

Genesis 10:19, CSB: "The Canaanite border went from Sidon going toward Gerar as far as Gaza, and going toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim as far as Lasha."

What does Genesis 10:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse defines, in loose geographical descriptions, the approximate borders of the land occupied by the Canaanites. The description of this territory will become important later in Israel's history. God will give the region of the Canaanites to the people of Israel. It will become the Promised Land (Exodus 3:17), and Israel will move into it, conquer its peoples, and take possession of the land and its cities.

Some of the Canaanite clans listed in the previous verses will be wiped out; others will become servants to God's people Israel. This is partly due to the curse Noah levied against Canaan in Genesis 9:20–25. It is also due to the extraordinary evil which Canaan's descendants participated in (Deuteronomy 9:3–6).

Sodom and Gomorrah will become so well known for their wickedness that their names will become shorthand for depraved evil. God's judgment on them is described in Genesis 19.