These were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations; and from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood.
After the destruction of human civilization by the Flood, God instructed the immediate family of Noah to begin the process of rebuilding humankind. Upon leaving the ark, God commanded Noah and his sons to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1).
Genesis 10 is the historical record of the fulfillment of this command. This chapter is often referred to as “the Table of Nations” and shows the peoples and nations that descended from Noah’s three sons.
All peoples and nations today descend from Noah’s three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. God’s intention following the Flood was for the three sons and their families to spread throughout the earth and develop distinct cultures and civilizations throughout the geographical regions of the earth.
To learn more about the origins of mankind, read our article on Genesis.
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