Genesis 10:8
New International Version
Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth.

New Living Translation
Cush was also the ancestor of Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth.

English Standard Version
Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man.

Berean Study Bible
And Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth.

New American Standard Bible
Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth.

King James Bible
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
Cush fathered Nimrod, who began to be powerful in the land.

Good News Translation
Cush had a son named Nimrod, who became the world's first great conqueror.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Cush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful man on earth.

International Standard Version
Cush fathered Nimrod, who became the first fearless leader throughout the land.

NET Bible
Cush was the father of Nimrod; he began to be a valiant warrior on the earth.

New Heart English Bible
Cush became the father of Nimrod. He began to be a mighty one in the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Cush was the father of Nimrod, the first mighty warrior on the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

New American Standard 1977
Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Cush begat Nimrod. He began to be powerful in the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

American King James Version
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

American Standard Version
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now Chus begot Nemrod: he began to be mighty on earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And Cush begot Nimrod: he began to be mighty on the earth.

English Revised Version
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

World English Bible
Cush became the father of Nimrod. He began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
And Cush hath begotten Nimrod;
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
The Hamites
7The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. And the sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 8And Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. 9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; so it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.”…
Cross References
Genesis 10:7
The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. And the sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.

Genesis 10:9
He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; so it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD."

Isaiah 18:2
which sends couriers by sea, in papyrus vessels on the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned, to a people widely feared, to a powerful nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers.

Micah 5:6
And they will rule the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod with the blade drawn. So He will deliver us when Assyria invades our land, and tramples our citadels.

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And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

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Micah 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the …







Lexicon
And Cush
וְכ֖וּשׁ (wə·ḵūš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3568: A son of Ham, also his descendants, also a land in the southern Nile Valley

was the father of
יָלַ֣ד (yā·laḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

Nimrod,
נִמְרֹ֑ד (nim·rōḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5248: Nimrod -- a son of Cush and founder of the Babylonian kingdom

who
ה֣וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

grew
הֵחֵ֔ל (hê·ḥêl)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2490: To bore, to wound, to dissolve, to profane, to break, to begin, to play

to be
לִֽהְי֥וֹת (lih·yō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a mighty warrior
גִּבֹּ֖ר (gib·bōr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1368: Powerful, warrior, tyrant

on the earth.
בָּאָֽרֶץ׃ (bā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
(8) Cush begat Nimrod.--This does not mean that Nimrod was the son of Cush, but only that Cush was his ancestor. In the days of Nimrod population had become numerous, and whereas each tribe and family had hitherto lived in independence, subject only to the authority of the natural head, he was able, by his personal vigour, to reduce several tribes to obedience, to prevail upon them to build and inhabit cities, and to consolidate them into one body politic.

He began to be a mighty one.--Heb., gibbor= warrior. (See Note on Genesis 6:4.) The LXX. translate giant, whence in fable Nimrod is identified with the Orion of the Greeks, in Hebrew Chesil, and in Arabic Jabbar; but this identification is entirely fanciful, as is probably the idea that he is the Izdubar of the Chaldean legends (Chald. Genesis, p. 321). Following the unscholarlike method of explaining Hamite names by Hebrew roots, commentators interpret Nimrod as meaning rebel; but the Biblical narrative speaks rather in his commendation, and the foolish traditions which blacken his reputation date only from the time of Josephus. Mr. Sayce connects his name with the Accadian town Amarda (Chald. Gen., p. 191).

Verse 8. - And Cush begat - not necessarily as immediate progenitor, any ancestor being in Hebrew styled a father - Nimrod; the rebel, from maradh, to rebel; the name of a person, not of a people; - Namuret in ancient Egyptian. Though not one of the great ethnic heads, he is introduced into the register of nations as the founder of imperialism. Under him society passed from the patriarchal condition, in which each separate clan or tribe owns the sway of its natural head, into that (more abject or more civilized according as it is viewed) in which many different clans or tribes recognize the sway of one who is not their natural head, but has acquired his ascendancy and dominion by conquest. This is the principle of monarchism. Eastern tradition has painted Nimrod as a gigantic oppressor of the people's liberties and an impious rebel-against the Divine authority. Josephus credits him with having instigated the building of the tower of Babel. He has been identified with the Orion of the Greeks. Scripture may seem to convey a bad impression of Nimrod, but it does not sanction the absurdities of Oriental legend. He began to be a mighty one - Gibbor (vide Genesis 6:4); what he had been previously being expressed in ver. 5 - in the earth. Not ἐπι τῆς γῆς (LXX.), as if pointing to his gigantic stature, but either among men generally, with reference to his widespread fame, or perhaps better "in the land where he dwelt, which was not Babel, but Arabia (vide ver. 6). 10:8-14 Nimrod was a great man in his day; he began to be mighty in the earth, Those before him were content to be upon the same level with their neighbours, and though every man bare rule in his own house, yet no man pretended any further. Nimrod was resolved to lord it over his neighbours. The spirit of the giants before the flood, who became mighty men, and men of renown, Ge 6:4, revived in him. Nimrod was a great hunter. Hunting then was the method of preventing the hurtful increase of wild beasts. This required great courage and address, and thus gave an opportunity for Nimrod to command others, and gradually attached a number of men to one leader. From such a beginning, it is likely, that Nimrod began to rule, and to force others to submit. He invaded his neighbours' rights and properties, and persecuted innocent men; endeavouring to make all his own by force and violence. He carried on his oppressions and violence in defiance of God himself. Nimrod was a great ruler. 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; much would have more, and still cries, Give, give. It is restless; Nimrod, when he had four cities under his command, could not be content till he had four more. It is expensive; Nimrod will rather be at the charge of rearing cities, than not have the honour of ruling them. It is daring, and will stick at nothing. Nimrod's name signifies rebellion; tyrants to men are rebels to God. The days are coming, when conquerors will no longer be spoken of with praise, as in man's partial histories, but be branded with infamy, as in the impartial records of the Bible.
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