Genesis 10:21
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New International Version
Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.

New Living Translation
Sons were also born to Shem, the older brother of Japheth. Shem was the ancestor of all the descendants of Eber.

English Standard Version
To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, children were born.

New American Standard Bible
Also to Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, and the older brother of Japheth, children were born.

King James Bible
Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And Shem, Japheth's older brother, also had sons. Shem was the father of all the sons of Eber.

International Standard Version
Shem, Japheth's older brother, also had descendants. Shem was the father of the descendants of Eber.

NET Bible
And sons were also born to Shem (the older brother of Japheth), the father of all the sons of Eber.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Shem, Japheth's older brother, also had children. [Shem was] the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Unto Shem also, the father of all the sons of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, even to him were sons born.

King James 2000 Bible
Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

American King James Version
To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

American Standard Version
And unto Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, to him also were children born.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of Sem also, the father of all children of Heber, the elder brother of Japheth, sons were born.

Darby Bible Translation
And to Shem -- to him also were [sons] born; he is the father of all the sons of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder.

English Revised Version
And unto Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, to him also were children born.

Webster's Bible Translation
To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

World English Bible
To Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, to him also were children born.

Young's Literal Translation
As to Shem, father of all sons of Eber, brother of Japheth the elder, he hath also begotten:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:15-32 The posterity of Canaan were numerous, rich, and pleasantly seated; yet Canaan was under a Divine curse, and not a curse causeless. Those that are under the curse of God, may, perhaps, thrive and prosper in this world; for we cannot know love 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 to the soul, and does not work so that others can see it; or a slow curse, and does not work soon; but sinners are reserved by it for a day of wrath Canaan here has a better land than either Shem or Japheth, and yet they have a better lot, for they inherit the blessing. Abram and his seed, God's covenant people, descended from Eber, and from him were called Hebrews. How much better it is to be like Eber, the father of a family of saints and honest men, than the father of a family of hunters after power, worldly wealth, or vanities. Goodness is true greatness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, - as Ham of Canaan (Genesis 9:22; vide ver. 24) - the brother of Japheth the elder. Either the eldest brother of Japheth (Syriac, Arabic, Vulgate, Gesenius, Rosenmüller, Kalisch); or the brother of Japheth who was older (LXX., Symmachus, Onkelos, Raschi, Aben Ezra, Luther, Clerieus, Michaelis, Dathe); or the elder of Japheth's brothers, as distinguished from Ham the younger, i.e. the son who was older than Ham, But younger than Japheth (Murphy, Quarry; vide Genesis 5:32). Even to him were children born.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber,.... And for the sake of those Shem is particularly said to be the father of, is this genealogy given, and indeed the whole book of Genesis wrote: Eber was the great-grandson of Shem, and is here spoken of by anticipation, and Shem is called not the father of either of his immediate sons, but of the posterity of this man; because the Hebrews sprung from him in his line, among whom the church of God and the true religion were preserved, and from whom the Messiah was to come, as he did: the word Eber, Jarchi interprets, "beyond the river, Euphrates" or "Tigris", or both, as describing the seat of the posterity of Shem; but as this too much straitens them, since they inhabited on both sides, Dr. Hyde (d) has shown that the word used may refer to both, to those beyond these rivers, and to those on this side; see Numbers 24:24.

the brother of Japheth the elder; he was the brother of Ham too, but he is not mentioned because of the behaviour towards his father, and because of the curse that was upon him and his; but Shem's relation to Japheth is expressed to show that they were alike in their disposition; and it may be to signify, that in times to come their posterity would unite in spiritual things, which has been fulfilled already in part, and will be more fully by the coalition of the Jews, the posterity of Shem, and of the Gentiles, the posterity of Japheth, in the Christian church state: and from hence we learn that Japheth was the eldest of Noah's sons, though some render the words, "the elder brother of Japheth" (e); and so make Shem to be the eldest; but as this is contrary to the accents, so to the history: for Noah was five hundred years old when he began to beget sons, Genesis 5:32 he was six hundred when he went into the ark, Genesis 7:11 two years after the flood Shem begat Arphaxad, when he was one hundred years old, and Noah six hundred and two, Genesis 11:10 so that Shem must be born when Noah was five hundred and two years old; and since he begot children, there must be one two years older than Shem, which can be no other than Japheth, since Ham is called his younger son, Genesis 9:24.

even to him were children born, who are reckoned as follow.

(d) Hist. Relig. Pers. c. 2. p. 47, 48. (e) "fratre Japheth majore". V. L. Samar. Syr. Ar. "frater major natu ipsius Japheth", Tigurine version; "fratri Japheti majori", Cocceius; so some in Vatablus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. Unto Shem—The historian introduces him with marked distinction as "the father of Eber," the ancestor of the Hebrews.

Genesis 10:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Semites
21Also to Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, and the older brother of Japheth, children were born. 22The sons of Shem were Elam and Asshur and Arpachshad and Lud and Aram.…
Cross References
Genesis 10:20
These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

Genesis 10:22
The sons of Shem: Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram.

Numbers 24:22
yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Ashur takes you captive."

Numbers 24:24
Ships will come from the shores of Cyprus; they will subdue Ashur and Eber, but they too will come to ruin."
Treasury of Scripture

To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

Shem. Shem signifies name or renown; and his, indeed, was great both in a temporal and spiritual sense, inasmuch as he was destined to be the lineal ancestor of the promised Seed of the woman, to which Noah might allude in his pious ejaculation, ch.

Genesis 9:26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

the father.

Genesis 11:10-26 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, …

Eber.

Numbers 24:24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict …

the brother.

Genesis 10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and …

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