Genesis 10:18

18 Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites. Later the Canaanite clans scattered

Genesis 10:18 in Other Translations

18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the clans of the Canaanites dispersed.
18 Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. The Canaanite clans eventually spread out,
18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Later the Canaanites spread out,
18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterwards the Canaanite clans scattered.

Genesis 10:18 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 10:18

And the Arvadite
The inhabitants of Arvad, or Aradus, an island in the Phoenician sea; it is mentioned with Sidon, ( Ezekiel 27:8 ) so Josephus says F17, the Arudaeans possessed the island Aradus: it is about a league distant from the shore; Strabo F18 says it is twenty furlongs from land, and about seven in circumference, and is said to be built by the Sidonians; it is now, as Mr. Maundrel F19 says, by the Turks called Ru-ad, or, as Dr. Shaw says F20, Rou-wadde; (See Gill on Ezekiel 27:8).

And the Zemarite;
who perhaps built and inhabited Simyra, a place mentioned by Pliny F21, not far from Lebanon, and along with Marathos, and Antarados, which lay on the continent, right against the island Aradus, or Arvad, and near the country of the Aradians. Strabo F23 makes mention of a place called Taxymira, which Casaubon observes should be Ximyra, or Simyra; and Mela F24 speaks of the castle of Simyra as in Phoenicia. There was a city called Zemaraim in the tribe of Benjamin, ( Joshua 18:22 ) which Bishop Patrick suggests, and Ainsworth before him, that Zemarus, the son of Canaan, might be the founder of; and there is also a mountain of the same name in Mount Ephraim, ( 2 Chronicles 13:4 ) .

And the Hamathite:
who dwelt in Amathine, as Josephus F25, and was in his time called by the inhabitants Amathe; but the Macedonians called it, from one of their race, Epiphania, which seems to have been the country called Amathite,

He removed from Jerusalem, and met them in the land of Amathis: for he gave them no respite to enter his country. (1 Maccabees 12:25)

there was another Hamath, called Antiochia, but cannot be meant, since Hamath was the northern border of the land of Israel, then called the entrance of Hamath, which border was pretty near to Epiphania, but not so far as Antioch; this is the Amathus of Syria, twice mentioned by Herodotus, as Hillerus F26 observes: but both Reland F1 and Vitringa


F2 are of opinion, that the Hamath so often mentioned in Scripture, which doubtless had its name from the Hamathite, is neither Antiochia nor Epiphania, but the city Emesa, or Emissa, which lay below Epiphania, upon the Orontes, nearer Damascus and the land of Canaan; and Hamath is mentioned with Damascus and Arpad, or Arvad, ( Isaiah 10:9 ) ( Jeremiah 49:23 ) and, according to ( Ezekiel 47:16 Ezekiel 47:17 ) ( 48:1 ) . Hamath must lie between Damascus and the Mediterranean sea.

And afterwards were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad;
not only these eleven, but two more which are not mentioned, the Canaanites properly so called, and the Perizzites; these families at first dwelt in one place, or within narrow limits; but, as they increased, they spread themselves further every way, and in process of time possessed all the country from Idumea and Palestine to the mouth of the Orontes, and which they held about seven hundred years, when five of these families, with the two other above mentioned, were cast out of the land for their sins, and to make way for the people of Israel.

F17 Antiqu. l. 1. c. 6. sect. 2.
F18 Geograph. l. 16. p. 518.
F19 Journey from Aleppo p. 19. Ed. 7.
F20 Travels, p. 267. Ed. 2.
F21 Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 20.
F23 Geograph. l. 16. p. 518.
F24 De situ orbis, l. 1. c. 12.
F25 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 1. c. 6. sect. 2.)
F26 Onomastic. Sacr. p. 780.
F1 Palestina Illustrata, tom. 1. l. 1. p. 121, 123, 317.
F2 Comment. in Jesaiam, c. 10, 9.

Genesis 10:18 In-Context

16 Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites,
17 Hivites, Arkites, Sinites,
18 Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites. Later the Canaanite clans scattered
19 and the borders of Canaan reached from Sidon toward Gerar as far as Gaza, and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, as far as Lasha.
20 These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Ezekiel 27:8
  • 2. 1 Chronicles 18:3
  • 3. Genesis 12:6; Genesis 13:7; Genesis 50:11; Exodus 13:11; Numbers 13:29; Numbers 14:25; Numbers 21:3; Numbers 33:40; Deuteronomy 1:7; Judges 1:1
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