Genesis 10* The sons of Noah, of Japheth, of Ham. (1-7) Nimrod the firstmonarch. (8-14) The descendants of Canaan, The sons of Shem.(15-32)1-7 This chapter shows concerning the three sons of Noah, thatof them was the whole earth overspread. No nation but that ofthe Jews can be sure from which of these seventy it has come.The lists of names of fathers and sons were preserved of theJews alone, for the sake of the Messiah. Many learned men,however, have, with some probability, shown which of the nationsof the earth descended from each of the sons of Noah To theposterity of Japheth were allotted the isles of the gentiles;probably, the island of Britain among the rest. All placesbeyond the sea from Judea are called isles, #Jer 25:22|. Thatpromise, #Isa 42:4|, The isles shall wait for his law, speaks ofthe conversion of the gentiles to the faith of Christ. 8-14 Nimrod was a great man in his day; he began to be mightyin the earth, Those before him were content to be upon the samelevel with their neighbours, and though every man bare rule inhis own house, yet no man pretended any further. Nimrod wasresolved to lord it over his neighbours. The spirit of thegiants before the flood, who became mighty men, and men ofrenown, #Ge 6:4|, revived in him. Nimrod was a great hunter.Hunting then was the method of preventing the hurtful increaseof wild beasts. This required great courage and address, andthus gave an opportunity for Nimrod to command others, andgradually attached a number of men to one leader. From such abeginning, it is likely, that Nimrod began to rule, and to forceothers to submit. He invaded his neighbours' rights andproperties, and persecuted innocent men; endeavouring to makeall his own by force and violence. He carried on his oppressionsand violence in defiance of God himself. Nimrod was a greatruler. Some way or other, by arts or arms, he got into power,and so founded a monarchy, which was the terror of the mighty,and bid fair to rule all the world. Nimrod was a great builder.Observe in Nimrod the nature of ambition. It is boundless; muchwould have more, and still cries, Give, give. It is restless;Nimrod, when he had four cities under his command, could not becontent till he had four more. It is expensive; Nimrod willrather be at the charge of rearing cities, than not have thehonour of ruling them. It is daring, and will stick at nothing.Nimrod's name signifies rebellion; tyrants to men are rebels toGod. The days are coming, when conquerors will no longer bespoken of with praise, as in man's partial histories, but bebranded with infamy, as in the impartial records of the Bible. 15-32 The posterity of Canaan were numerous, rich, andpleasantly seated; yet Canaan was under a Divine curse, and nota curse causeless. Those that are under the curse of God, may,perhaps, thrive and prosper in this world; for we cannot knowlove or hatred, the blessing or the curse, by what is before us,but by what is within us. The curse of God always works really,and always terribly. Perhaps it is a secret curse, a curse tothe soul, and does not work so that others can see it; or a slowcurse, and does not work soon; but sinners are reserved by itfor a day of wrath Canaan here has a better land than eitherShem or Japheth, and yet they have a better lot, for theyinherit the blessing. Abram and his seed, God's covenant people,descended from Eber, and from him were called Hebrews. How muchbetter it is to be like Eber, the father of a family of saintsand honest men, than the father of a family of hunters afterpower, worldly wealth, or vanities. Goodness is true greatness.
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