The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed.
These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.
The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man.
To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, children were born. The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash.
—Genesis 9:18-19; 10:1-4, 6-8, 21-23
by: Dorothy Noel.
Often, we skip the names when reading passages such as this. But even when you have trouble saying them aloud, I challenge you to recognize them. In Noah’s descendants are the names of places we will see later in the biblical story—Tarshish and Caanan being the most recognizable. But there are others that show up in the prophecies of Isaiah and Ezekiel or as the names of people groups we will encounter later. These records demonstrate that Noah and his sons fulfilled their God-given mandate and remind us how the recording of history helps us see the outworking of God’s greatness.