G E N E S I S
This chapter shows more particularly what was said
in general (ch. ix.
19), concerning the three sons of Noah, that "of them
was the whole earth overspread;" and the fruit of that blessing
(ch. ix. 1, 7),
"replenish the earth." Is is the only certain account extant of the
origin of nations; and yet perhaps there is no nation but that of
the Jews that can be confident from which of these seventy
fountains (for so many there are here) it derives its streams.
Through the want of early records, the mixtures of people, the
revolutions of nations, and distance of time, the knowledge of the
lineal descent of the present inhabitants of the earth is lost; nor
were any genealogies preserved but those of the Jews, for the sake
of the Messiah, only in this chapter we have a brief account, I. Of
the posterity of Japheth, ver.
2-5. II. The posterity of Ham (ver. 6-20), and in this particular notice
is taken of Nimrod, ver.
8-10. III. The posterity of Shem, ver. 21, &c.