Table of Nations

January 7, 2009

The Table of Nations is one of the most overlooked passages in the Bible. Most people look over it without really looking at what it says or its implications. The Bible says that God has made from one blood, all nations of man. Also, I can remember a National Geographic article several years ago that discussed the evolution of race.

But, the genealogy of man is not the only reason to study the Table. Some of what’s discussed in Genesis 10 comes back later as prophecy.

8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.” 10.

Nimrod being a “mighty hunter” is discussed in another of my articles. This mighty hunter was a hunter of men. He captured men by beguiling them. “before the LORD” means “in the face of the LORD” or “in opposition to”. Incidentally, Nimrod, is said to come from the Hebrew Ni murud which means “the fool” or “the rebel”. Nimrod is thought be an insulting nickname for Gilgamesh, the first king of Babylon.

The Table can also reveal to us who the Magog are as they play an important role in prophecy. See Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 20:8. Also, the Table will help us know about the relationships between the various nations and how they related to Israel.
Noah
Japheth Ham Shem
Gomer
Magog-(modern Russia)
Madai,
Javan,
Tubal
Meshech
Tiras
Cush—(Ethiopians or Africans)
Mizraim
Put (Egypt) and Canaan Elam Asshure Arphaxad Lud Aram
Sons of Gomer
Ashkenaz
Riphath
Togarmah Sons of Cush
Nimrod
Seba
Havilah
Sabtah
Raamah
Sabteca Sons of Aram
Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech

Sons of Javan
Elishah
Tarshish
Kittim
Rodanim Sons of Mizraim
Ludites
Anamites
Lehabites
Napthuhites
Pathrusites
Casluhites(from where the Philistines came)
Caphtorites Sons of Arphaxad
Shelah
Shelah was the father of Eber from which we get the name “Hebrew”

Eber had two sons, Peleg and Joktan
Sons of Canaan
Sidon
The Hittites
Jebusites
Amorites
Girgashites
Hivites
Arkites
Sinites
Arvadites
Zemarites
Hamathites Sons of Joktan
Almodad, Sheleph
Hazarmaveth, Jerah ,Hadoram,
Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah
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