Genesis 10:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 10:23, NIV: "The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek."

Genesis 10:23, ESV: "The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash."

Genesis 10:23, KJV: "And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash."

Genesis 10:23, NASB: "The sons of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash."

Genesis 10:23, NLT: "The descendants of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash."

Genesis 10:23, CSB: "Aram's sons: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash."

What does Genesis 10:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The purpose of this passage of Scripture is to explain the origins of the ancient world's various nations and people groups. Some, such as the descendants of Ham's son Canaan, would become highly influential in the history of Israel. For that reason, the Bible devotes more details to them. Others, such as the men listed here, do not seem to have had a significant impact on the ancient world.

This verse lists the sons of Shem's son Aram. Little is known from the Bible or external records about the groups that came from these men. The only noteworthy name given here is that of Uz, which is the same as the native land of Job (Job 1:1), mentioned in a few places in Scripture (Jeremiah 25:20; Lamentations 4:21).