Genesis 10:8-10

8 Cush was the father[a] of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.”
10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in[b] Shinar.[c]

Genesis 10:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
ESV
8 Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man.
NLT
8 Cush was also the ancestor of Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth.
MSG
8 Cush also had Nimrod. He was the first great warrior on Earth.
CSB
8 Cush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful man on earth.

Genesis 10:8-10 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 10

This chapter gives an account of the posterity of the three sons of Noah, by whom the world was peopled after the flood, Ge 10:1 of the posterity of Japheth, Ge 10:2-5 of the posterity of Ham, Ge 10:6-20 and of the posterity of Shem, Ge 10:21-32.

Genesis 10:8-10 In-Context

6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.
7 The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteka. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.
8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.”
10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar.
11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah
12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Micah 5:6
  • 2. 2 Chronicles 14:9; 2 Chronicles 16:8; Isaiah 18:2
  • 3. Genesis 25:27; Genesis 27:3
  • 4. Genesis 11:9; 2 Chronicles 36:17; Isaiah 13:1; Isaiah 47:1; Jeremiah 21:2; Jeremiah 25:12; Jeremiah 50:1
  • 5. Ezra 4:9
  • 6. Isaiah 10:9; Amos 6:2
  • 7. Genesis 11:2; Genesis 14:1; Zechariah 5:11

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. "Father" may mean "ancestor" or "predecessor" or "founder" ; also in verses 13, 15, 24 and 26.
  • [b]. Or "Uruk and Akkad—all of them in"
  • [c]. That is, Babylonia
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