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Genesis 10:31

31 These are the sons of Shem by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

Read Genesis 10:31 Using Other Translations

These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
These are the sons of Shem, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.
These were the descendants of Shem, identified by clan, language, territory, and national identity.

What does Genesis 10:31 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 10:31

These are the sons of Shem
His sons, and grandsons, and great grandsons, in all twenty six, no doubt but there were many more, but these are only mentioned; for none of the sons of Elam, Ashur, and Lud, are named, and but one of Arphaxad's, and one of Salah's, and two of Eber's, and none of Peleg's; when it is not to be questioned but they had many, as is certain of Arphaxad, Salah, Eber, and Peleg, ( Genesis 11:13-15 Genesis 11:17 Genesis 11:19 )

after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after
their nations:
from hence sprung various families at first, and these of different languages upon the confusion of Babel, which thenceforward formed different nations, dwelt in different lands; which have been pointed at as near as we can at this distance, and with the little helps and advantages we have: it seems from hence that Shem's posterity were of different languages as well as those of Ham and Japheth.

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